The Rangers called up Skjei from the minors Tuesday, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Skjei was summoned to the parent club since Ryan McDonagh (hand) reportedly is ailing and set for further evaluation Tuesday. While he has just four games under his belt in the NHL, Skjei is known for his hockey smarts and has great size (6-foot-3, 206 pounds) to boot. Still, it wouldn't make sense to suddenly deploy the young defenseman in fantasy leagues given his lack of experience.
Skjei has been sent back to AHL Hartford. Skjei drew into the lineup Tuesday following the news that both Marc Staal (back) and Dylan McIlrath (knee) were sidelined. While McIlrath has been ruled out for multiple weeks, Skjei's return to the AHL likely indicates that Staal will be ready to play for the team's next game Saturday. The 21-year-old blueliner has produced a bit with the AHL club this season (23 points in 56 games), but has yet to tally a point in four attempts with the Rangers. He will now return to an organizational depth role.
Skjei was brought up to New York on an emergency recall following injuries to Marc Staal (back) and Dylan McIlrath (leg). Skjei was in the lineup for three NHL contests this season, where he registered a trio of shots on goal and two PIM while averaging 17:29 in ice time. In the minors this year, the blueliner garnered 22 points in 55 games, including 19 assists.
Skjei was sent back to the Rangers' AHL Hartford affiliate Wednesday, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Despite seeing the most ice time of any defenseman Wednesday, his return to the AHL club was foreshadowed by the fact that both injured defensmen (Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal) joined the Rangers on the road trip. He'll now return to an organizational depth role, but doesn't provide much fantasy upside (just 22 points in 52 AHL games this season) even when he's with the parent club.
Skjei skated 22:17 in his return to NHL ice in Tuesday's loss to the Devils, recording two hits and a shot on goal in a scoreless evening. Points aren't really Skjei's calling card, as the 21-year-old has a mere 22 of them in 52 AHL games. but with both Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal unavailable, he was leaned on heavily and acquitted himself fairly well, finishing with an even rating despite the Devils scoring four times at even strength. Both veteran blueliners are traveling with the team for Thursday's game, so Skjei's latest stint in the big leagues may be a short one.
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