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In speaking with the media following last night’s loss to Nashville, Alain Vigneault said he expected another callup, and another callup he got. Following the loss of two more of his roster regulars, the Rangers again re-called forward Vinni Lettieri from the Hartford Wolf Pack:
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 4, 2018
Lettieri was sent back to Hartford ahead of the Rangers’ bye week in January, but had since caught the eye of Vigneault:
“He wasn’t going to play right now. I wanted to get Cody [Mc Leod] in,” said Alain Vigneault, referring to the veteran winger claimed off waivers from the Predators. “I wanted him [Lettieri] to play big minutes in Hartford. Saw real good upside. I liked his pursuit ability, I liked his shot, he’s not afraid to shoot it, shoot it from different areas. Got a good young talent there. It’ll take some time to develop, but I liked his potential.”
Given the rash of injuies the Rangers are curently suffering, they needed another body regardless, but in Lettieri’s case, there’s a viable path to a full-time NHL roster spot. He’s been exceptionally productive at the AHL level, with 22 points in 33 games, and some of that carried upward during his last stint with the Blueshirts in which he had one goal and three assists in ten games.
Lettieri could draw in as soon as the Rangers’ next game against the Dallas Stars (6-3-1 in their last ten) tomorrow night.