Brickley skated just 9:05 in Saturday's season finale against the Penguins, finishing the season with a goal and three assists in 14 appearances. Brickley was little more than a warm body called up from the AHL after New York sold off a couple forwards at the trade deadline. The unrestricted free agent will hope to compete for a job at the NHL level somewhere next season, but there's a good chance he's forced to settle for a return to the AHL.
Brickley was a healthy scratch during Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Vancouver. Brickley is the 13th forward for the Rangers, but that role has offered the occasional appearance since coach David Quinn likes to use healthy scratches as a teaching tool. With just three points in nine games, Brickley's impact is limited even when he gets to see game ice.
Brickley potted a goal in Tuesday's win over the Hurricanes. Brickley crashed the net hard on Filip Chytil's shot, using his body to knock the puck out of midair and into the net. The goal was originally waved off for using his arms to knock it in, but the review deemed there was no intentional motion and Brickley's first goal as a Ranger stood. The 26-year-old now has two points in three games with the Rangers.
Brickley was recalled from AHL Hartford on Thursday. While not much of an offensive producer, the University of Vermont product impacts games with his skating ability and physical style. Expect Brickley to assume a bottom-six role for Friday's tilt in Buffalo.
Nashville traded Brickley to the Rangers on Monday in exchange for Cole Schneider. Brickley's last NHL action came as a member of the Panthers a season ago. He's spent 2018-19 as a member of AHL Milwaukee, where the 26-year-old has tallied 11 points in 39 games.
Last 7 Games
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