Steven Fogarty gets a chance with Lettieri sent down

Okay. Maybe highlighting Steven Fogarty being recalled from Hartford for Vinni Lettieri with the classic John Fogerty baseball song, “Centetfield,” is a bit of a stretch. Especially with baseball long gone with an unpredictable winter ahead. We already got snow and it caused total chaos for drivers in the New York and New Jersey due to the dysfunctional elected officials in both states not prepared.

Indeed, the weather is cold with Turkey Day coming out early this Thursday on the 22nd. Ironically the 55th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination. One of the saddest days ever. Me being a history buff who also appreciates music, I guess that’s how I would explain the start of this post.

In truth, Fogarty deserves a chance to see what he can do with the Rangers. After a solid camp, he went to Hartford and got off to a good start scoring seven goals and adding seven assists for 14 points in 19 games. He ranks second in Wolf Pack scoring behind veteran Peter Holland (2-14-16). Lias Andersson is still third with a dozen points before getting the call two weeks ago. In six games, he has an assist with the primary helper on Brendan Smith’s tying goal in the Rangers’ 4-2 win over the Panthers on Saturday. He hasn’t played a lot, mostly centering the fourth line. I have full confidence in David Quinn to eventually get the 2017 seventh overall pick the ice-time he needs.

With Lettieri finally sent down, maybe he can regain his confidence. He had no points and wasn’t doing enough to stay up. I had wanted to see what Fogarty could do. He’s kinda the forgotten guy due to being 25 and in his fourth pro year. Well, really his third full one after spending four years at Notre Dame. He was a third round pick taken 72nd overall in 2011.

Fogarty is another right shot who plays center. He brings some size as well with him listed at 6-3, 209. If he does go tonight against the Stars, he would play on the fourth line with probably Andersson and either Cody McLeod or Ryan Strome.

It depends if Mats Zuccarello is back. He would obviously play with Mika Zibanejad and Vladislav Namestnikov, bumping Jesper Fast down to the third line. We’ll see.

We will also find out if Quinn sticks with the same six defensemen that included Smith, who came in for an ineffective Brady Skjei, and played solidly. Skjei is supposed to be the team’s best defenseman, but hasn’t played like it. He’s capable of much more.

We’ll see what happens.

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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