Probably, but I seriously doubt that will happen. He will play out his AHL contract and then I'm guessing the Rangers will offer him an ELC starting next season.
If he isn't offered an NHL contract, it'd be terrible. Even if he turns into PA Paranteau, it's an asset based on his scoring as a 20 year old in the AHL. He's top 20 in AHL scoring, he deserves an ELC and will be in training camp with this squad next season. He could even contend for a spot on the Rangers.
To stay on topic: I'd like to see Wellman called up. In Minnesota, he was putting up .5 PPG and has enough size to play in a bottom six role if needed. Zuke doesn't possess that. Wellman is another guy who will be looked at for a long time in camp next season. He could possibly be a 3rd liner next season.
Why is it that every time you discuss our prospects, you completely ignore things like whether or not the player is under contract, what level the player is playing at and how he is performing at that level?
JAM is on an AHL contract. He isn't going to play for the Rangers this year. St. Croix and Yogan are playing in juniors and are not under contract. The Rangers aren't going to pull them out of juniors, sign them and stick them in the NHL. Bourque is struggling in the AHL. He isn't ready for the NHL.
Oh, and another thing you didn't consider. We are at 49 contracts. Based on what Botta tweeted, that last contract may be saved for Kreider. So that's even more reason they wouldn't sign a player out of juniors and bring him up.
Just knowing their names isn't enough. Do some research before you post this stuff if you want to be taken seriously.
I accept the criticism above in the constructive spirit in which it was offered.
However, and in my defense, I assume that if we can figure out creative ways to use a loophole to bury a Redden, we can creatively --- within the rules --- manage such a situation. Particularly as to total numbers of contract, rosters may be frozen as to trade. But can't prospects "retire" immediately this year and have a change of heart next year? There would be blind faith that a prospect taking such a leave would unofficially be shown appreciation for putting himself out, but I don't consider same beyond the realm of possibility. Plus, we only need 1, maybe 2 guys to do this. It's not like a huge number has to be finagled.
As to how they are performing, I don't dispute your assessment.
But while I'm unwilling to burn a whole ELC year on Kreider if we don't have to, I consider it still reasonable to take more liberties with less certain assets.
Guys like Newbury give us nothing except a body. Deveaux was a little better.
Still, we need to REASONABLY gamble --- and 4th line minutes are ok for this --- on a spark to our lower half of Fs. There's no guarantee Bourque could cut the mustard once he's here, but unlike Zuc, at least he has enough speed to be a moving target. We're talking about covering a short term gap here. See if we can't get something out of our investment, or is he a total bust. How much playing time are we talking about 4ish min per game? Max? Give it a shot.
Still no? Ok, ideally I'd prefer Yogan develop, but he hustled at Traverse and didn't look bad. Let's create a contract spot for him. Still no again? How about McNaught?
Just please no more clones of EC!
PS --- What about Bickel for toughness at LW, and promoting somebody like Parlett, or even just getting more out of our lower D + adding Scott to the equation, who reportedly can play either D or W.
Why can't Torts call up Zuccarello for try out? I just don't understand his logic. He is smaller player but has some heart and talent. I would chose him over Mitchell any day of the week. What is there to lose?