After scouting the Hartford Wolf Pack's game last night, the New York Rangers have made their recall official and brought up 24-year-old Marek Hrivik. This will be Hrivik's first real chance with the Rangers, and while he isn't a standout option, this is certainly a refreshing move from a management perspective. The Rangers have always went the "safe" route, ala Daniel Paille, which almost never works out over the long haul.
Now, they have went in a different direction and put their trust in a younger commodity, who will be used primarily in a defensive role. Hrivik has been with the Rangers since the 2012-2013 season, and has come close to making the team out of several training camps, but always fell just shy. Our very own Adam Herman had Hrivik ranked #25 on his prospect report last summer, and projected him to be a 12th/13th forward.
Tonight will be Hrivik's first real opportunity in the NHL, and hopefully he is able to stabilize the fourth line, as well as the penalty kill. In 52 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack this season, Hrivik leads the team in assists with 21, and is also second on the team in points with 28.
Daniel Paille, who was waived yesterday to accommodate the recall, was assigned to Hartford after clearing waivers at noon.