Yesterday the Rangers sent down Chris Kreider to the Whale.
It was a move that Ryan Callahan, on the radio yesterday, compared the situation to one that he found himself in. In 2006-07, Callahan came up and played 24 games including playoffs.
The next season, his first full season with the Rangers, Callahan was sent down to Hartford for a month after only having one goal in eight games. He spent 11 games with the Wolf Pack and had 15 points before being recalled.
Callahan said, “It’s part of being a pro. You use it as motivation to show that you belong and I expect nothing less out of Chris.”
Adam Rotter: With the player that Ryan Callahan is now, it’s hard to remember that he struggled so much in his second year that the Rangers had to send him down. He came back from Hartford, resembled the Ryan Callahan from the playoffs the year before and has never really looked back.
Callahan and Kreider are different players who play different roles, but the situation is similar. Callahan was an instant fan favorite and the expectation was that he would play a big role for the team the next season. Kreider, especially as a power forward, needs some more time to develop and learn the pro game but anyone that I talk to about Kreider continues to think he will be the top six scorer in the NHL. It just may take a little bit longer than people expect or want to wait.