The New York Rangers have recalled Morgan Barron and Tarmo Reunanen from the Hartford Wolf Pack.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 30, 2021
The move was expected given that the Rangers’ playoff dreams are all but dead following a loss vs. the New York Islanders, and you could argue that both players should have been given an opportunity sooner, and that doing so earlier could have helped the team in their playoff pursuit.
Barron’s had a sensational rookie season with the Pack, and led the team in scoring with 10 goals, 11 assists, and 21 points in 21 games.
Complete list of AHL rookies with 10+ goals & 10+ assists this season:
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— HockeyStatMiner (@HockeyStatMiner) April 27, 2021
The 22-year-old joined the Pack following three seasons at Cornell, and during that time he posted a line of 34-50-84 in 98 games (0.86 P/GP). The Pack used Barron as a winger to start the season, and shifted him to center later on in the season. It will be interesting to see which position he plays in New York, but in any case he should be in the lineup over Brett Howden.
Reunanen made his NHL debut on March 15 vs. the Philadelphia Flyers, and tallied an assist while skating 8:57 over the course of 14 shifts. Like Barron, Reunanen had a strong rookie season with the Pack, posting a line of 4-13-17 in 21 games which was fourth in team scoring, and first among Hartford defenseman. Ideally he’ll take Libor Hajek’s spot, if Jacob Trouba’s unable to return, but we will ultimately see what happens. There’s also the chance Ryan Lindgren won’t play following his collision with a stanchion during Thursday’s game, but we’ll likely find out soon enough.