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Thoughts on the Matt Beleskey and Steven Fogarty recalls

April 7, 2018, by

steven fogarty

For tonight’s finale, the Rangers have recalled forwards Matt Beleskey and Steven Fogarty. They will play this afternoon against the Flyers.

Beleskey was acquired as part of the Rick Nash trade. The Bruins signed him to a big contract after his breakout year with Anaheim three seasons ago, where he scored 22 goals. He never lived up to that hype, and the Rangers took on half the contract ($1.9 million cap hit for the next two seasons). He’s a fourth liner at best.

Fogarty, the Blueshirts’ third round pick in 2011, is finally getting his first shot at the NHL. The 24 year old center is known for his defensive and faceoff ability, and won’t exactly wow you with his offensive play. He’s another fourth liner.

I get the impression that Fogarty’s recall is a quick glimpse into what the Blueshirts have. He’s been with the Wolf Pack for a few seasons, and likely isn’t any worse than Paul Carey, Peter Holland, and/or Cody McLeod. Of that trio, Holland is still signed for next season, but my guess is that the club is looking to see if Fogarty can take that fourth line/13F role for next season. His 20 points in the AHL likely won’t translate to the NHL, so it’ll be his defensive play that wins him a spot.

As for Beleskey, it makes sense to see what you have in him. No one is taking on that contract, and with the rebuild in full swing, there may be a roster spot for him next year if he plays well enough. He, like Fogarty, can’t be that much worse than the trio mentioned above.

I’d have to assume the Rangers are going to play them both on the fourth line, in lieu of two of that trio. But what do I know? Alain Vigneault is still coaching for his next job. I wouldn’t be shocked to see them on the first line.

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9 comments

  1. Bradry says:

    Great let the kid play. I was looking at the other teams and there are many with players that have over 57 points. 88 99 95 97 and whe dont have any players near 60. We need players that can accumulate points not just goals or not just assists. Until we get that we will not make the play offs. Nash is not a elite player. Kudos for getting rid of him. Its just a rant from watching a team that sucks all year. When was the last time we had a “superstar”. Thats rigjt Messier and look what happened.

  2. avsucks says:

    ^^123 points what a year

  3. Pas44 says:

    with this being the last game day I want to say thank you to all the writers for always doing such great work.

    Cheers all.

    LGR!!!

    except for the mean people on this blog, you all can go scratch! LOL

  4. Reenavipul says:

    Fogarty’s AHL numbers would translate to the NHL on a one to one basis, because they’re plumbers numbers.

    But this is a “thanks for being there” call up, nothing more unfortunately.

  5. supermaz says:

    I think Paul Carey is a better player than most give him credit for. He’s lightyears better than Holland.

    • mattimar says:

      He is but he really tanked at the end. Holland unfortunately is not an NHLER
      Next year’s team will be quite a bit better if chytil and Anderson can make the team.