Yesterday, the Hartford Wolfpack sent Michael St. Croix (2010 - 4th) as well as another player to their ECHL affiliate the Greenville Road Warriors.
St. Croix was scoreless with two penalty minutes in seven games with the Pack after being called up from Greenville on October 21.
St. Croix had a goal and three assists in two games with the Road Warriors before the recall.
...for a guy who was a big time scorer in Juniors, he hasn't done a lot of scoring when given the chance in the AHL. At this point, I'm seriously concerned his skills may not be enough to overcome his small stature at the NHL level.
...while St. Croix's performance is enough reason for the demotion, you have to wonder if this was done to open up roster spots in anticipation of the Rangers assigning at least one, maybe two, players to the Wolfpack now that Moore (oblique) is ready to return, while Nash (concussion) is not far behind.
...the two most likely Hartford bound are Mashinter and Miller. While Mashinter's miniscule ice time suggests he's likely to be the first one sent down, I have to wonder if Miller might be the better candidate. As much as I hate to say it, Mashinter doesn't have much of a future with the Rangers so I don't think the team is concerned about stunting his development by playing him just three minutes a night or sending him to the press box for long stretches. Miller on the other hand needs to play and he needs to play big minutes to gain the experience necessary to become a productive NHL player. So if AV doesn't feel he has enough ice time or confidence in Miller, it might be smart to ship him to Hartford.
Miller is good- as we saw on that beauty tic tac toe goal -he just needs lots more time on the pro ice.Hartford is the place for him right now.Rangers are picking up their game and getting less tolerant of miscues.He knows what has to be done and can work on refining any NHL problem areas in Hartford where he'll get top line minutes.
St.Croix will probably find his game at some point and could easily have a turnaround aka Krieder.so look to him for the future, obviously he is struggling right now.Still too early to call him a bust.
I'm just not sold on Miller. He doesn't seem to have the hand eye coordination to be much of a consistent scorer. He may be more like Dubinsky. Anyway, I hope I'm wrong. I'm still waiting for Kristo.
I totally agree on Miller needing the experience and playing regular minutes with the big club, this kid has the potential,,, he was arguably the best all arond player for the U.S. jr team the last go round... he has the tools...exploit them....
I think having Nash back will be better than a trade. but we do need toughness to protect him and that toughness will have to come from the blue line since Nash will never line up with an enforcer.
bottom line is that we need a McSorley to his Gretzky.
Mashinter is also much older than Miller. In theory he's had his development time. Miller isn't old enough to drink at a bar where the bouncer is a Devils fan.
I think St. Croix will do well in the NHL in the future but will need some time to adapt. This is a big man's league and it takes an extra set of skills and Savvy for the smaller players to succeed here. Also I think they'd be lfoolish to write off Mash at this stage. Guy has good potential as a roll player and we need a couple guys like that here. Pouliot needs to sit a game. He's got good upside but AV's got to send the message that you either work hard and earn it or you sit.
How does Pouliot continue to avoid the axe? I agree that Miller certainly has a lot to learn in his game but he brings a whole lot more to the table at the NHL level than Pouliot.
I don't know enough about the cap ramifications and contracts in regards to sending Pouliot down though which i'm guessing why he's not the one.
@johnAMIRANTESrug Post on that coming at 1pm. Stay tuned.
@capncally1978 I hear you!! I'm really into the team this year as well. Doing the blog, facebook and tweet searches for all things NYR every day....can't wait until the next game! LGR!!
@johnAMIRANTESrug I think you meant Dave Semenko. He was Gretzky's protector.
@johnAMIRANTESrug If Kreider continues he tough streak, opponents may end up being more pre-occupied with "Teaching the new kid a lesson" than going after Nash. Just a thought.
@msena88 I think Poulion should be waved then sent to Hartford.
@msena88 Agree that Pouliot should be gone over Miller, but not if it means Miller on gets five minutes a night. He needs to play.
so you'd rather Kreider get his bell rung? losing either of them again this season would be horrible. we need someone to make opponents think twice about cheap shots.
@johnAMIRANTESrug i was thinking "toughness" as in driving to the net, finishing checks, opening up space, etc.; not dropping the gloves or getting his bell rung, necessarily.
@shoot_the_goalie @ejirish @Kevin DeLury @msena88 Great point here. Pressing comes from trying too hard and not believing in yourself and not trusting your own capabilities. It is all about having "a flow"to your game as opposed to "trying/working hard" to produce. It is a subtle but powerful shift that comes with growth in self confidence. You can see the shift/change in Kreider from year to year. Miller has all the tools to be really good but he has to choose to trust himself, which could come in time or not. I know there are some of us who might remember Gene Carr.