NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Morgan Barron went down and acquired again up once more.
The 22-year-old out of Cornell made his Rangers season debut Thursday in a 3-1 win over the Predators following his recall from the AHL Wolf Pack after Kaapo Kakko suffered an apparent shoulder injury on Saturday.
“I think he’s played 20 or 30 pro games, so we’re not going to rush a guy like that,” head coach Gerard Gallant mentioned of the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Barron, who in actual fact had performed 22 video games within the AHL with Hartford and 5 with the Rangers on the finish of final season. “He’s a big-bodied guy who can really skate, take some faceoffs when needed and do some of that stuff.”
Barron, who acquired 9:18 of ice at left wing on the fourth line with heart Greg McKegg and proper wing Ryan Reaves that included a few spins killing penalties, was among the many membership’s final cuts. After main the Wolf Pack with 21 factors (10-11) in 21 video games final yr, he scored in every of Hartford’s opening two contests final weekend. In the AHL, he’s a top-line man. Here, for now, a bottom-sixer.
“Being around the guys in camp for as long as I was, you really get a sense of how the team wants to play and how they want to be effective,” Barron mentioned. “Watching the primary few video games you’ll be able to inform there’s an emphasis on getting pucks low, actually successful battles and type of scoring these grittier objectives, so to me that was my emphasis down there.
“It was just being able to get to the net a little but more, be able to find pucks and then coupling that with playing in all situations. That was one of the benefits of going to Hartford is that I was going to get time on the penalty kill and power play.”
Barron had hoped to be declared eligible to hitch the Rangers for the 2020 bubble qualifying spherical, however was not. He hoped to make the workforce final season, however didn’t. He hoped to make the varsity out of this camp, however didn’t. But he seems to have responded in a constructive method to these disappointments.
“I talked to some of the guys when I got sent down and I think if you look at that dressing room or any dressing room in the NHL, there are a lot of guys who have spent significant time in the minors, even up until the ages of 25 and 26, before they really get an opportunity to solidify themselves in the lineup” the native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, mentioned. “Of course it’s disappointing, I need to be within the NHL as quickly as doable, identical to anyone else does.
“But you have a look at somebody like Kevin Rooney, who took fairly some time in his profession in comparison with a few of these first-round picks right here who soar proper in. But he saved taking place and simply put his head down and labored and now he’s within the lineup each night time and closely contributes. So he’s simply one of many guys within the dressing room I can type of have a look at who has accomplished it the fitting manner.
“You just know if you keep working, you’ll eventually get your opportunity.”
Kakko, who’s eligible to return off injured reserve in time for Monday’s residence match towards the Flames, participated within the morning skate whereas sporting a protecting purple jersey. It was Kakko’s first time on the ice since being injured.
The Rangers received 22 of 44 faceoffs by means of the primary two intervals, however then misplaced 13 of 20 within the third to complete 29-for-35 (45.3 %). That was, nevertheless, marked enchancment from the primary two video games on the journey, by which they received 35 and misplaced 75 (31.8 %).
Igor Shesterkin entered Thursday having allowed two objectives on 73 photographs in 123:11 over his final two begins. … Julien Gauthier was scratched to make room for Barron, becoming a member of Libor Hajek and Jarred Tinordi in avenue garments. … The Rangers finish their four-game journey Saturday afternoon in Ottawa.