People forget that he was already 25 by the time the Rangers signed him. He was drafted by the Jets and played three years in Moncton in the AHL without getting a sniff and was considered an AHL-signing at the time as the Binghamton Rangers needed to replace Don Biggs and company.
He was an emergency call-up during the 1997 conference finals. As I recall, he played well in one game, then was slammed into the boards the next and had a seriously separated shoulder.
And let's not forget, the organization didn't exactly give long looks to players without long NHL resumes in those days.
But, as someone else said, Gernander will get the last laugh: he's going to be a coach in the NHL soon.
Historically career minor leauge players tend to make the best big leauge coachs/Managers. I think alot of it is there Attitude of always trying to make it to that next level, & the humility of not having a big ego.
As I recall, Ken Gernander was one of those players who was solid enough in every area to be a top AHL player, but not spectacular enough in any one area to be an NHL player. He had a top hockey mind, though, which I think will translate well for his coaching career.