Left Wing, Brandon Mashinter was acquired by the New York Rangers on January 16, 2013 from the San Jose Sharks, who signed him undrafted, in a trade for Tommy Grant and a conditional 7th round pick in the 2014 Entry Draft. Mashinter has played only 6 NHL games as a Ranger and has not registered any points. He has tallied 10 minutes in penalties; he dropped mitts with Wayne Simmonds who fought back without dropping his mitts. Mashinter is a 6ft 4in 220lb 25 year old with 2 years of NHL experience. With the Hartford Wolf Pack, Mashinter has played 11 games and tallied one goal for seven points with 15 penalties in minutes. He is a +3 registering a half of a point per game. The Rangers are losing a player who is physical and doesn’t make poor decisions and rarely takes bad penalties.
In exchange for Mashinter, the Rangers have received Kyle Beach; who is also a Left Winger noted as a power forward. This move should add grit to the team as Beach is a very physical player. So physical, in fact, that he has a history of injuries including multiple concussions and a sports hernia. Beach was projected to be picked high in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, though slipped through the cracks and went undrafted. His reputation on the ice and issues with discipline are cited reasons for him not being drafted. Beach comes from the Rockford Ice Hogs, the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. In 7 games with the Ice Hogs, Beach has tallied four goals for as many points. He is a +3 with 10 penalties in minutes and .6 points per game average.
On paper we have two very similar players. If the Rangers aren’t careful they could end up with another player who makes bad choices and takes poor penalties with the injury future of Ryane Clowe. If the Rangers are lucky, they just added a forward who is sorely needed by the team. Only time will tell if he is ready to make the necessary changes to secure himself a roster position.