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Following the loss of Chris Kreider to a mysterious “upper-body injury” that caused him not to return to last night’s 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals, the Rangers have officially re-called Vinni Lettieri from the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Lettieri, 22, has skated in 31 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points. pic.twitter.com/74k2u0g0UU
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) December 28, 2017
The re-call isn’t very reassuring that whatever is ailing Kreider is a short-term issue, but an update is expected after practice today.
In the meantime, Lettieri, who has been one of Hartford’s most productive players, could skate in his first NHL contest as early as tomorrow night against the Red Wings. In 31 games with the Wolf Pack this season, Lettieri leads the team in goals (12) and is third in points (21). He is also tied for fifth in goals scored and tenth in points scored by AHL rookies.
- I like this kid!!!!!
Not just the goal...He plays hard and actually SHOOTS!!!@NYRStatsInfo: Vinni Lettieri is the first Ranger who has tallied a goal in his NHL debut since Derek Stepan (Oct. 9, 2010 at Buffalo).Not going to get over excited about this kid ,lets see!I watched him for years at the U of Minnesota, where he started off as one of the less heralded recruits on a team that always has a lot of high draft picks and ended up as the most productive offensive player on the squad. As Larry Brooks points out, he shoots the puck, and he'll have guys here like Buch, Z93, Z36, and JT who can get you the puck the way no AHL teammates can. I was very pleased when they signed him last spring. If you arrive at a door at the same time as Vinny, he's not going to say "but you first."Just checked
He has a 9.3 ranking out of 10 on the all important and critical "grit and moxie scale"Hope he adds some energy.
Phil ...P.S. i would add to that a virtual assist for every time he gets in front of the net and screens the goalie/creates a distraction and the puck goes in, and then you might have a 60+ point projection. That’s how I see it anyway. Hope he recovers soon.
Sent from my iPhone using Blueshirts Brotherhood mobile app powered by TapatalkPut up similar numbers to Kreider in both college and AHL... will be interesting to see what he can do.
Going to miss Kredier, but he's been a little bit of a disappointment this season. Let him recover slowlyAgreed about camp. He was flying all over the ice. Good luck kid. Go get em.I loved what I saw of him in training camp and wanted him to make the team out of camp. I'm excited to see what he brings with the big boys! I think it's going to be really good.That'd be fantastic.I don't want to say he'll have a Hagelin-type effect, but I think he might have a Hagelin-type effect like in 2012.The good thing is, given his production for a bad AHL team, he could be a pretty solid bottom-six add.Get comfortable kid looks like you could be up for a while