Last night in Columbus, Ohio facing the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers‘ forward Taylor Pyatt‘s suffered an injury from a elbow to the head by Blue Jacket, and ex-Rangers, defenseman Fedor Tyutin and had to leave the game.
The hit to the head by Tyutin should warrant a suspension but regardless, that will not bring Pyatt back any time sooner. Pyatt tried his best to stay in the game but couldn’t as he looked really dazed.
A concussion is always a serious matter, just ask Rick Nash. So most likely, Pyatt is going to miss a substantial amount of time as he tries his best to recover.
But with Pyatt out, who should take his place?
Most likely the Rangers will just substitute Brandon Mashinter for him since he is already with the team and is a healthy scratch. Since Pyatt has not lived up to expectations since becoming a Ranger last season and since Mashinter isn’t anything special, I think the Rangers should make a call to Hartford and call up the red hot Danny Kristo, who is tearing up the AHL right now.
Now the only benefit the Rangers would get playing Mashinter would be from a toughness standpoint, as the Rangers overall lack toughness and that is Mashinter’s game. But in the NHL, I believe it is really important to have enforcers and tough guys that could occasionally put the puck in the net and continually contribute, which Mashinter just cannot do. This is why I think sooner rather than later, the Rangers should go after Steve Ott of the Buffalo Sabres, who are looking to rebuild and want draft picks, but that is going off topic.
Since Mashinter cannot contribute to the Rangers offensive, the Rangers should definitely call up Kristo, who in 12 AHL games this season has eight goals and five assists. Offensive production like that could greatly help the Rangers, who are starting to gel and score more goals without Nash and just adding Kristo to the mix should make the Rangers’ offense even better, wouldn’t you think?