Rookie defenseman Conor Allen has played two impressive games so far for the New York Rangers at the expense of Michael Del Zotto, who was a healthy scratch last game as a result. With Allen in the lineup, the Rangers are now 2-0, even though I highly doubt that has anything to do with him. However, why should head coach Alain Vigneault take him out and risk the current winning streak?
Allen might not have any stats through two games, but what has been very impressive about his game so far is his confidence out there. It’s something that Del Zotto has seriously lacked for quite some time now, and I am sure the Rangers’ coaching staff is aware of it. Allen not only has been making good decisions with the puck, but is also pushing the tempo, even leading the rush on occasion and creating offense.
He has given the puck away once or twice, but has always hustled back to break up the play to make up for his mistake.
Basically everything the coaches want to see out of Del Zotto, Allen has done it in his first two games of his very young NHL career. Granted though this is only two games, but Del Zotto has been a healthy scratch several times this season even before Allen was called up. He has been criticized by the coaching staff and has been linked to numerous trade rumors.
Now with Allen currently playing well and staying up with the team, a Del Zotto trade might finally be imminent. In my opinion, Rangers’ GM Glen Sather must move Del Zotto to a new home sooner rather than later or he might just be a healthy scratch for the greater part of the second half of the 2013-14 season.