After being the last player cut in the 2013 preseason, Conor Allen is again getting a chance to show the NHL what he can do for the Rangers. Allen has been recalled following uncertainty of Anton Stralman’s injury.
Allen is a left-handed Defenseman who brings good size (6’1, 210lbs) to the blue line and can play in any situation. In Hartford, he mainly played on the second pair with former NHLer Stu Bickel, but has seen action on the top pair. Allen also plays on the penalty kill and power play.
While he is most known for his great skating ability, Allen has also shown he is a puck moving defenseman who makes good decisions on the ice. Allen tends to play a simple defensive game, is always in good position, and finishes his checks. His big body and size help him win puck battles along the boards. As of late, Allen has also shown great improvements on his offensive game, with seven points (2g,5A) in his last seven games, and 13 points (5g, 8a) total in 29 games, he has the most goals by a defenseman on the team and is third in team points.
When Allen is successful, he is playing a simple inside out game where his positioning is good and he is using his great skating ability, not relying on it. Look for Allen to finish his checks, make smart decisions with the puck, and jump in the rush when the opportunity presents itself.