If you follow the blog, you know how much I pumped up Brandon Mashinter before the Rangers recalled him last month.
So you can imagine my disappointment with his lackluster performance during his four games with the Blueshirts. He looked tentative and lacked the aggressiveness that made him a standout with the Whale. To be honest he just looked overwhelmed by the NHL experience and I don't blame the Rangers at all for re-assigning him back to the Whale.
The only thing that makes me more upset than his disappointing play with the Rangers, is his superb play with the Whale since re-joining them.
In the six games since the demotion, Mashinter has 2g, 2a is a +3 and has two fights, including this one in which he stands up for teammate Benn Ferriero, who is absolutely freight trained Friday night by a Binghamton defender...
...ugh!!!!! Where was this Mashinter when the Rangers called him up. If he played half this good with the Blueshirts he'd still be on the team. Now, unfortunately for him, with Haley coming up and doing the things Mashinter wasn't able to, I highly doubt we're going to see the scrappy youngster again this season. Which is a shame.
Dude, this highlight isn't even that great. Mashinter starts a (bad) fight over a clean hit. Pretty pointless.
I cant say Im surprised really, Torts plays the 4th line for 2-4 mins per game most of the time. Players are cold and know that a single mistake can mean spending the rest of the game on the bench so most of the time they are too cautious. Accountability is all fine and good but if you're only getting a few shifts to begin with its difficult to get into any kind of flow and improve your game. Some guys can cope with it but the Torts system means you either succeed straight away or you're gone
I think when Masher came up he wasn't exactly sure what his role on the team was. He's proven he can both score and hurt people at an AHL level. I think he wanted to try and score or make a play on offense rather than go out and use his size to make a hit or fight. A full season with the Whale, learning the Rangers type of system will be good. Give him a full year in a Torts training camp and see how he comes out of it. Same can be said for Kreider.
He won't be getting a call up again this year... Seems we have to many 4th line guys right now. Only person getting called up down the stretch in my opinion will be Kreider
Newbury had the same problem. Came up to the Rangers and stunk out the joint but plays well in the AHL. Anyway Healy seems more than ready to deal out punishment. He got in just about all the punches when he fought Phillips, a much bigger guy.
I'm not worried. It doesn't always translate right away for these guys. We've been blessed to have rookies come in and make a difference right away to the point where it has spoiled us. I'm not upset that he's played well at all since his return, its a good sign. Give him some time and a training camp and you'll see him in blue before too long. People who are ready to give up on him (gravey) are nuts.
I think you may need to prepare yourself that he just may not be an NHLer. He's had 3 full AHL seasons with the Sharks and still couldn't muster more than 13 games. Some guys have the talent, but just can't translate it to the bigs, especially in NY. I hope I'm wrong, but he has all the signs of a career AHLer.
@TheNYRBlog kreider has been scoring at a hof clip since being demoted as well.
@TheNYRBlog You don't think he looked out of place in NY?
@NYR_Jugs88 I absolutely did, which is why I'm so upset with his solid play with Whale. He's so much better than he showed.