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Morgan Barron and Tarmo Reunanen called up

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.

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Morgan Barron and Matthew Robertson sent from Taxi Squad to Hartford

9:18AM: Larry Brooks tweets that with Barron and Robertson being sent to Hartford, the Rangers now have two open spots on their taxi squad and they could assign one forward and one defenseman to the taxi squad on non-game days as a way to save and accumulate cap space.

The players shuffled would likely be Kaapo Kakko, Alexis Lafreniere, Brett Howden, Filip Chytil, K’Andre Miller or Ryan Lindgren.

All other players on the Rangers would need to clear waivers before being sent to the taxi squad.

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Rangers sign prospect Morgan Barron from Cornell

The Rangers have announced that they have signed 2017 sixth-round pick Morgan Barron to an entry-level contract.

From the Rangers:

  • Barron, 21, skated in 29 games with Cornell University this season, registering 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points, along with a plus-17 rating and 24 penalty minutes.
  • He was named a First Team All-American, and he was selected as one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey in 2019-20.
  • Barron was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year this season.
  • In addition, he was named to the ECAC Hockey First All-Star Team and was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League First All-Star Team this season.
  • Barron, who was a tri-captain with Cornell in 2019-20, led the team in several categories during the season, including goals, points, and shots on goal (103), and he was tied for second on the team in assists.
  • He helped Cornell post a 23-2-4 record and win the ECAC Regular Season Championship during the 2019-20 season.
  • Barron was selected to the ECAC Hockey First All-Star Team and the All-Ivy League First All-Star Team in each of his last two seasons.
  • He established collegiate career-highs in games played (36), goals (15), assists (19), and points (34) in 2018-19, and in addition to being named to the ECAC First All-Star Team and All-Ivy League First All-Star Team during the season, he was also a finalist for ECAC Hockey’s Best Defensive Forward.
  • Barron led Cornell in goals and points in each of his final two seasons at Cornell, and he also led the team in shots on goal in each of those seasons, recording 255 shots on goal in 65 games (3.92 shots on goal per game over the span). Barron tied for third in the NCAA in shots on goal in 2018-19 (152).

He is listed at 6-4 and 220 pounds and had 34 goals and 50 assists in 98 career games at Cornell.

For more on Barron and what the Rangers have said about him since he was drafted, CLICK HERE.

Adam Rotter: The Rangers really like Barron and believe he could be someone that plays different roles and on different lines due to his hockey smarts and compete level. He’s been one of the best players in college hockey the past two seasons and many around the league believe he could have a real shot at making the Rangers out of training camp next season. Each player’s adjustment from college to the pros is different but the Rangers are likely to have some spots in the bottom six up for grabs and Barron will be in the mix.

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The big season that Morgan Barron had at Cornell

4/18 | Barron told the NY Post that he inst sure yet if he will return to college.

Barron said that part of the reason why he went to Cornell was to graduate and to win a National Championship. (NY Post)

Chris Drury said that the Rangers feel Barron is ready to be a pro on and off the ice. (NY Post)

4/17 | This past season, 2017 6th round pick Morgan Barron was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, a First Team All-American and a Top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.

Barron, 21, had 14 goals and 18 assists in 29 games as a junior and Captain of #1 ranked Cornell.

He has one more year of eligibility at Cornell.

From the Rangers Prospect Reports since Barron was drafted:

  • 10/30/17: “He has a combination of NHL-like size and skating ability, along with good hands and a sense of the game. He has a strong work ethic and plays with determination.” – Rangers Amateur Scout Rich Brown on Morgan Barron
  • 11/12/18: “He’s a prototypical power forward with great hockey sense and compete level. He’s developing a more consistent game, and in time, he will develop into a great prospect for the Rangers.” – Cornell Head Coach Mike Schafer on Morgan Barron
  • 3/11/19: “This kid is a throwback. He wants to earn everything he gets. There’s no doubt in my mind that Morgan will play for the Rangers.” – Cornell Head Coach Mike Schafer on Morgan Barron 
  • 3/25/19: “We played on a line together last year, (and) I can notice a change (this year). He’s definitely got a lot faster (and) bigger, and his shot has gotten a lot better; he’s more confident in his shot.” – Cornell forward Cam Donaldson on teammate Morgan Barron
  • 11/11/19: “He’s a great, great leader, along with our other captains. But he also does it on the ice, and that’s what you want your leaders to do … they gotta perform — they can’t just speak the words, but they got to come out and they got to execute.” – Cornell Head Coach Mike Schafer on Morgan Barron (Credit: Cornell Daily Sun)
  • 11/11/19: “He was flat-out a beast tonight, winning puck battles — and the way he can shoot the puck.” – Cornell Head Coach Mike Schafer on Morgan Barron regarding Barron’s hat trick/four-point game on Nov. 9 (Credit: Cornell Daily Sun)
  • 2/17/20: “I call him a throwback. As a kid, he’ll do anything, as a coach, that you’ll ask. He’s a coach’s dream. What I mean by that is he wants constructive things. He wants to work on things as a player. He’s very cerebral. … That kind of leadership, that drops down to everybody else. Other guys are looking at, when one of the better players on your team has that kind of mentality it’s infectious. He’s humble, he works hard, he’s a gamer, a good teammate. I think that’s what makes him an outstanding prospect.” – Cornell Head Coach Mike Schafer on Rangers prospect Morgan Barron (Credit: The Athletic)

Scott Wheeler had Barron on his ballot for Most Valuable Prospect this season and said that he was one of the best forwards in the NCAA this season. (The Athletic)

He wrote that Barron “did everything” for Cornell. (The Athletic)