Rangers claim Adam Cracknell, get ready for Blues tonight


With a day off on Columbus Day, the Rangers made a move claiming forward Adam Cracknell off waivers.

The 32-year old from Saskatoon spent last year with the Stars setting career highs in games (69), goals (10), assists (6), points (16) and plus/minus (9).

What it likely means is he’ll become the extra forward on the roster. 2017 first round pick Filip Chytil has only gotten into two games with Alain Vigneault barely playing him. It doesn’t look like the 18-year old center will reach nine games. Figure the Rangers to send him back to Zlin ZPS HC in the Czech Republic where he can further develop. There’s no point in keeping him here.

With the team still carrying eight defensemen, that means they can keep 13 forwards. It doesn’t make sense to continue playing 11 forwards with seven D.

The Rangers host the Blues tonight. They were 3-2 winners over the Islanders in a shootout won by lethal sniper Vladimir Tarasenko. He also scored twice giving him three goals. He should be a handful for the Ranger blueline tonight.

We’ll see if Ryan McDonagh stays on the right side with Marc Staal. They’ve been good so far. We’ll see how long it lasts. Brady Skjei and Kevin Shattenkirk seem like a good fit. As for the third pair, it’s anyone’s guess. Figure Brendan Smith to get back in. Either Nick Holden or Steven Kampfer will sit. Does Tony DeAngelo play or sit?

All good questions. The Rangers look to even their record later.

 

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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