4:36PM: Barron and Reunanen are expected to play tomorrow. Barron is expected to play with Phil Di Giuseppe and Kevin Rooney and Reunanen is expected to be paired with Brendan Smith. (Stephenson)
Brett Howden is out for the rest of the season after suffering a fractured foot last night.
11:02AM: The Rangers have called up forward Morgan Barron and defenseman Tarmo Reunanen.
Barron has 10 goals and 11 assists in 21 games for Hartford and has recorded a point in 17 of Hartford’s 21 games.
From the Rangers:
- Barron is tied for third among AHL rookies in goals and is tied for sixth among AHL rookies in points this season. In addition, he is tied for second in the AHL in power play goals (six) in 2020-21. Barron leads Hartford in goals, points, shots on goal (57), and plus/minus rating this season.
- The 6-4, 220-pounder played three seasons at Cornell University prior to beginning his professional career this season. Barron was named a First Team All-American and was one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey in 2019-20, as he recorded 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) and a plus-17 rating in 29 games as a junior. He was named to the ECAC Hockey First All-Star Team in each of his final two seasons at Cornell, and he was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year in 2019-20.
Barron was a sixth round pick of the Rangers in 2017.
Reunanen played one game for the Rangers already this season, 3/15 against Philly, and has played in 21 games for Hartford this year with four goals and 13 assists.
Adam Rotter: It will be nice to see Barron get a shot over these last few games. He’s made a tremendous progress as a player since the Rangers drafted him and looks like he could be another sixth round steal like Carl Hagelin and Jesper Fast.