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Rangers Officially (Will) Call Up Brady Skjei, Will Play Tonnight

Brady Skjei will make his NHL debut tonight!

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The New York Rangers will call up Brady Skjei today -- they cannot officially call him up until Jarret Stoll clears waivers or is claimed at Noon -- and will play tonight. From the team:

The 2012 first round pick will make his NHL debut tonight, pairing up on a mixed and matched grouping with Dylan McIlrath, Keith Yandle and Dan Boyle. Looks like Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal will be the team's top pairing.

This is not only a big opportunity for Skjei to prove his ready for a full time role in the NHL but also to give the Rangers a chance to increase their possession game while Dan Girardi sits with a knee injury. Skjei is the leading point scorer on Hartford's blue line in the AHL so far this year.