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With Kreider hurt, Rangers recall Miller

Mar 26, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT

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One prospect goes out, another comes in.

On Wednesday, the Rangers recalled J.T. Miller from AHL Hartford as a roster replacement for Chris Kreider, who could possibly miss a month’s worth of action with a hand injury.

Miller, the club’s first-round pick (15th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has appeared in 28 games for the Blueshirts this year, scoring three goals and six points. He’s been shuttled up and down between Hartford and New York throughout the season and has scored 37 points in 35 games with the Wolf Pack.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Rangers deal with the loss of Kreider who, despite debuting during the ’12 postseason, is still technically in his rookie campaign. The 22-year-old is having a solid offensive season and sits tied for second on the team in goals, with 17.

  1. xdj511 - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    This sucks. After the Rangers got Hagelin, Nash, and Callahan back from their early season injuries, they have been remarkably healthy, except for Dorsett’s broken leg. Now they lost J. Moore to a concussion and Kreider to a hand injury. I think JT Miller will step in and do well, but the loss of Kreider costs the Rangers some size up front, and if there are any more injuries their depth will really become a concern, as there likely aren’t any players in Hartford capable of making an impact.

    • stakex - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      This is a huge loss going into the game tonight against the Flyers. While the Rangers have guys that can step up and fill the offensive void left by Kreider, his physical game will be sorely missed. The one big issue the Rangers have is a lack of toughness, and a willingness to take the body, especially up front. Kreider was the one bright spot in that regard, and without him in the lineup the Rangers are an even softer team to play against. That’s not a good thing against teams like the Flyers…. who I’m sure will bring their hitting game tonight.

      • barkar942 - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        Agreed. As much as I talk about Kreider’s play away from the puck, his physical play early in the second period against Phoenix was a strong catalyst in the Rangers turning that game around on Monday.

  2. bleedrangerblue - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Agreed huge loss with Kreider. Hope he heals quickly. It’s crunch time LGR!!!

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