Beck will move overseas to play in the KHL for the 2017-18 campaign, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports. Beck played in just five NHL games this past season -- two with the Rangers and three with Edmonton. The 26-year-old winger will likely be looking for a regular role and possibly more money, both of which can be achieved in the KHL. It seems unlikely the Ontario native will get another shot with an NHL squad, but a breakout year in Russia could help him earn his way back.
Beck was reassigned to AHL Hartford on Tuesday. Beck ended up appearing in four games with the Rangers this season, coming up particularly strong on his latest call-up. The 25-year-old garnered 1:27 of power-play ice time while facing the Senators on Saturday, then followed that up with four shots on goal and two hits the next day against the Penguins. At the very least, he'll be someone to keep an eye on in training camp this fall.
Beck was promoted to the Rangers from AHL Hartford on Friday. Traded from the Oilers at this year's deadline, Beck has shredded AHL competition, indiscriminate of which minor-league team he's been on. The 25-year-old dropped 19 goals and 44 assists in 54 games split between the Condors and Wolf Pack this campaign. For Beck, it'll be important for him to stick with one organization since he's onto his third club since the Predators took him in the third round (70th overall) of the 2009 draft.
Beck was traded from the Oilers to the Rangers for fellow forward Justin Fontaine on Wednesday. The Blueshirts may have gotten the better end of this deal, as Fontaine's just a bottom-six guy at best, but Beck has the upside to be more than that -- he's been a killer at the AHL level this year, ripping off 50 points in 40 games. It's not clear whether Beck will find his way into the Rangers' plans down the stretch, but with Jesper Fast (shoulder) scheduled to miss some time, he might find a bottom-six opening to occupy for a while. However, he'll probably spend the majority of his time at AHL Hartford.
Beck was assigned to AHL Bakersfield on Monday. The winger has only played three games in the NHL this year, and is pointless so far, so it makes sense to send him down. Replacing him with Edmonton is Anton Lander, who has been a high-scoring forward for AHL Bakersfield.
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