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With Callahan Out, Prust Personifies The Rangers

When the Rangers lost Ryan Callahan to injury in December, there were many questions about how the Rangers were going to cope with the injury. Callahan was the prime example of the Rangers new mentality of grind it out. He hits, he forechecks, he scores, and he plays great defense. He also does it all against the oppositions top lines. It is very tough to replace all of that. Luckily for the Rangers, they got Brandon Prust from Calgary along with someone else, forgot his name, in exchange for Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik. Prust has taken over where Callahan left off (minus the offense).

Prust has been one of the best finds in recent memory for the Rangers. He may not score as much as Callahan, but he does everything else just as much, and replaces the missing offense with a good record in fights. He has been someone the Rangers have looked to to invigorate a team decimated by injuries. He is nothing short of a warrior (as line mate Brian Boyle called him), and he does it all with more injuries than some NHL teams. He has been playing stellar hockey with a sore shoulder, a bruised ankle, and a sore hand. One of those is enough to most players out of the lineup.

When the Rangers need a spark, Prust drops the gloves, despite the shoulder and hand. When the Rangers need a good shift, it’s Prust out there to pressure the opposition. When the Rangers need solid defense, it’s Prust out there against the opposition’s top lines. He went from a borderline fourth line player last season to an integral piece of the Rangers core. And he did it in less than one season. The Rangers would be a completely different team without Prust. What a find he is turning out to be.

6 Responses to “With Callahan Out, Prust Personifies The Rangers”

  1. ZDT says:

    On why he was going to play last night, even though he was banged up:

    “It’s just pain, it can’t get any worse”

    – Brandon MF’n Prust

  2. Brian says:

    The all-star break can’t come soon enough – this guy needs the rest. I would actually shut Prust down for a week or so when we get some guys back to alloy his shoulder to heal because he is that important to this team and potential playoff success. It still difficult to believe that we traded Kotalik and got this guy in return as a throw-in.

  3. zach says:

    any worry that he gets marginalized once cally comes back, when we’re (ostensibly) healthy? gab, cally, mza all deserve top 6 minutes at the RW spot. the problem is, when healthy, we do have a glut of strong wingers, but few truly elite guys.

    granted, having too much talent is the best problem to have, and some of the young guys will keep progressing to potentially reach that elite level. but until then, it’ll be challenging to find minutes for these guys, prust first and foremost.

  4. simon says:

    No matter how I look at it, Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik for Prust seems like a steal for us, with or without Jokinen. Can’t help but wonder how important Torts have been for Prust, he seems like the kind of player that Tortorella loves at least.

    And Prust has rapidly become on of my favourite Rangers, really hope he stays around for years.