As training camp was starting last month, John Tortorella remarked that he wanted to infuse more young players into the Rangers lineup for this season.
While Tortorella said he would be disappointed if no young players made it, he said that he wouldn’t force feed a young players into the lineup.
At Newsday, Steve Zipay writes that the Rangers infusion of young players into the lineup has been put on hold after players like Tim Erixon, Carl Hagelin and Ryan Bourque were sent to the minors.
He has NHL experience, but Michael Del Zotto is still a kid. So is Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Artem Anisimov. All are key players for the Rangers and all are 23 or under. Everyone loves the idea of adding rookies to the lineup, but if they aren’t ready, they aren’t ready. The Rangers have constructed a young, 10 players between 24-28, team that is full of experience and players that can step into the lineup this season and help the Rangers contend. Come December or so, after a couple of months in the AHL, I think that we could see Bourque, Hagelin and Erixon all get called up at one point or another.