As we all may know, during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics New York Rangers leading points scorer Mats Zuccarello suffered a hand injury, which doctors later diagnosed as a non-displaced fracture, which will put the winger out for approximately 3-4 weeks. This is a huge blow to the Rangers offense, but we won’t mention that for right now. The fact of the matter is that Zuccarello needs to be replaced, at least for the moment. Let’s take a look at who our options of replacing him are.
The first option is Derek Dorsett, the winger has finally returned from his injury suffered on January third against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has played 37 games so far this season and has five points in those games, and while yes he will add a key component to the roster, offense is not that part, so he is not really the best choice.
The only other option is to trade Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Marty St. Louis. Just Kidding! The other option is to call up a player from the Hartford Wolf Pack, and in my opinion this player has to be Danny Kristo. In 45 games with the Wolf Pack this season, Kristo has 17 goals and 14 assists for a total of 31 points, and has also managed to tally 107 shots on goal. Aside from his stats, he’s a fast, young talent who knows how to carry the puck up the ice and can obviously get the puck to the net. He would fit perfectly on the line with Benoit Pouliot and Derick Brassard for the time being and would be another source of offense for the Rangers going to the playoffs.
In the time span of Mats Zuccarello’s absence, there are 14 games that will be played, 28 points are up for grabs in a tight division and the Rangers can not afford to let any of them slip away. So having Kristo come in for Zuccarello for the time being would overall help the Rangers.