The New York Rangers have brought in 10 players for this year’s postseason “Taxi Squad,” per the New York Daily News’ Pat Leonard. Here is the list:
Forwards: Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo, Oscar Lindberg, Darroll Powe, Ryan Bourque
Defense: Tommy Hughes, Dan Syvret, Conor Allen, Dylan McIlrath
Goaltender: David Leneveu
Since the Hartford Wolf Pack’s season is over, the Rangers have brought these players to New York for the purposes of keeping them in game-shape should any of them be needed. They’ll practice together and generally prepare for the off-chance any are needed. With Diaz and Falk in the pressbox already on defense and Miller, Fast, and perhaps soon Kreider at forward, it’s very doubtful that any of these players will be needed, but should the flu emerge in the locker room or an unlikely injury bug hit multiple players it’s better to have them available.
Ultimately, the real takeaway is that we get a bit of insight into how the Rangers evaluate the play of the AHL affiliate. Ryan Bourque call-up is unsurprising as he was one of the key players for the Wolf Pack, but that in itself would have been unimaginable in August. Tommy Hughes is also a somewhat surprising call-up. Notable players missing are Aaron Johnson, Arron Asham, and Micheal Haley. Here was my prediction from a few days ago, for whatever that is worth.
Leneveu, Syvret, McIlrath, Allen, Bourque, Kristo, Lindberg, Powe, Haley, A. Johnson
— Adam Herman (@Herman_NYRBlog) April 20, 2014
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