Is St. Croix Demotion to ECHL a Prelude to Ranger Moves?

Yesterday, the Hartford Wolfpack sent Michael St. Croix (2010 – 4th) as well as another player to their ECHL affiliate the Greenville Road Warriors.

St. Croix was scoreless with two penalty minutes in seven games with the Pack after being called up from Greenville on October 21.

St. Croix had a goal and three assists in two games with the Road Warriors before the recall.

…for a guy who was a big time scorer in Juniors, he hasn't done a lot of scoring when given the chance in the AHL. At this point, I'm seriously concerned his skills may not be enough to overcome his small stature at the NHL level.

…while St. Croix's performance is enough reason for the demotion, you have to wonder if this was done to open up roster spots in anticipation of the Rangers assigning at least one, maybe two, players to the Wolfpack now that Moore (oblique) is ready to return, while Nash (concussion) is not far behind.

…the two most likely Hartford bound are Mashinter and Miller. While Mashinter's miniscule ice time suggests he's likely to be the first one sent down, I have to wonder if Miller might be the better candidate. As much as I hate to say it, Mashinter doesn't have much of a future with the Rangers so I don't think the team is concerned about stunting his development by playing him just three minutes a night or sending him to the press box for long stretches. Miller on the other hand needs to play and he needs to play big minutes to gain the experience necessary to become a productive NHL player. So if AV doesn't feel he has enough ice time or confidence in Miller, it might be smart to ship him to Hartford.

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