Tim Erixon Recalled

The Rangers have announced that they have recalled defenseman Tim Erixon from the CT Whale of the AHL. Erixon has split time with the Rangers and the Whale, starting the season with the big club until being sent down for development purposes after nine games. In those nine games with the Rangers, Erixon did not register a point and finished with a -2 rating. In 13 games with the Whale in the AHL, Erixon has a goal and 11 assists (12 points) and 10 PIMs. He has an even rating.

This recall is likely due to the fact that Mike Sauer will not be back for the west coast swing, and the Rangers never travel west without a spare body. My assumption is that he will dress for both games, and that Jeff Woywitka is likely to be the odd man out. Woywitka was pretty solid last night, but it’s a matter of him being out played by both Steve Eminger and Anton Stralman.

Last season, injuries forced the Rangers to call up Ryan McDonagh, and he stuck with the team. This year, the Rangers already have Carl Hagelin up –who appears to be around for the long haul– and now it’s Erixon’s turn. A solid two game performance can really ease the Rangers troubles on their thin blue line.

The press release is after the jump.

NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION UPDATE

Tim Erixon Recalled from Connecticut

New York, December 14, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Tim Erixon has been recalled from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Erixon, 20, has registered one goal and 11 assists for 12 points, along with 10 penalty minutes in 13 games with Connecticut this season.  He currently has a three-game assist streak, tallying four assists during the stretch which began with a two-assist effort on Friday vs. Hershey.  Erixon leads all Whale defensemen and is tied for sixth on the team in scoring with 12 points, and ranks second on Connecticut overall in average points per game (0.92) and is tied for third in assists (11).  He registered seven points in a five-game span (one goal and six assists), beginning with his first career AHL goal on November 12 at St. John’s and culminating with a career-high, three assists on November 23 vs. Portland.  Erixon tallied an assist while making his AHL debut on November 2 at Bridgeport.

The Port Chester, New York native began the season on the Rangers opening night roster, and skated in nine games with the Blueshirts before being assigned to Connecticut on October 29.  Erixon posted a plus or even rating in six of his nine contests.  He made his NHL debut on October 7 against Los Angeles in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Premiere.

Erixon was acquired by the Rangers along with a fifth round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (Shane McColgan) from Calgary, in exchange for Roman Horak and two second round picks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (Markus Granlund, Tyler Wotherspoon) on June 1, 2011.  He was originally selected by the Flames in the first round, 23rd overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

14 Responses to “Tim Erixon Recalled”

  1. Agentsmith says:

    how are they fitting him under the cap? waiver wire should get intersting…

  2. Mikeyyy says:

    I hope this guy stays. Not a woywitka or emminger fan.

    • Dave says:

      Eminger has played very well lately, so I think he’s earned his right to stay.

      • Mikeyyy says:

        please read misconception 3.

        You don’t earn ice time. Shades of grey.

        His game still sucks. He will taper off just like last year.

        • Dave says:

          Right, but you lean on him while he’s playing well. Peaks and valleys my friend. Peaks and valleys.

  3. Sioux-per-man says:

    Woywitka gave up the soft pass off the boards that lead to the 1 goal last night. He should have picked up his head and looked for the outlet. It won’t take to much for Erixon to keep his spot.

    He could be the Swedish version of McD? If he could find a pinch of confedence, I think our new “#1″ pick this summer, could turn into the real deal sooner than later.

    • Leatherneckinlv says:

      Actually the pass hit a dead spot on the boards and gave the stars a fortunate bounce, the winger was headed up ice for a line change. Just an unfortunate play….definitely not a sole fault of Woywitka’s

      • The Suit says:

        Plus Dubi fell and he’s supposed to protect the third man high.

        • Section 121 says:

          Third man high? J-Wo was in the DZ with his D pairing at the tops of the circles and the Stars were in the neutral zone. J-Wo had time and space yet he elected to throw a whimpy “clear” up the boards where there were 2 Stars and 0 Rangers.

          There was no pressure on him and no need to just throw the puck up the boards to nobody (expect Stars). As a result, the D was caught flat-footed and the forwards behind the Stars in the neutral zone were scrambling to back-check instead of breakout. That’s what happens on a turnover of gross proportions like this one – odd man rushes and the D getting out numbered on the quick transition.

          Sorry, but, its hard not to put all the fault on J-Wo here.

          ps Dubi needs something to happen to his game, I don’t know what but something — although I can’t fault him on that goal against

          • The Suit says:

            Again, I agree with you that J-Wow deserves blame, but they still could have defended it better. Dubi’s decision to leave the middle lane, as well as Richards being in no man’s land costed them as well on that play.

  4. bob says:

    The kid has got all the tools to be a great D in this league.He just has to get comfortable with the NHL style of play.He has been used in all situations for the Whale and has responded well.He might just be ready to stick with the big club.

  5. JordanO says:

    Since the reason for sending him down the first time around was finding consistent ice time, might as well play him over Woywitka while he’s on the trip. Though I doubt it since he was skating with Staal during practice and not an active D-man.

  6. bob says:

    Every time I think about this kid,I can’t help but remember how good his old man was at killing penalties.His work along the boards was stupendous.He should have won the Selke but because someone in Montreal was about as good,he got the shaft.To me,Jan was the best defensive forward in the league for two years.He should have won it those years.Anyway,if Tim has half the dedication and heart his father had,he will be a great player for years to come.It would be strange if he played his whole career with the Rangers also.Wonder if that has ever happened before.