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Rangers call up six from Connecticut

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled six players from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL) –- goaltender Cam Talbot; defensemen Tim Erixon and Dylan McIlrath; and forwards J.T. Miller, Kris Newbury and Casey Wellman.

Talbot, 24, posted a 14-15-1 record with a 2.61 goals against average, .913 save percentage and four shutouts in 33 games with Connecticut. He established career-highs in games played, wins, and save percentage, as well as a career-best in goals against average, and tied for fourth in the AHL with a career-high, four shutouts. The Caledonia, Ontario native ranked among the league leaders during the playoffs, finishing second in save percentage (.939), fifth in goals against average (2.10) and leading the league with two shutouts.

Erixon, 21, registered three goals and 30 assists for 33 points, along with 42 penalty minutes in 52 games with Connecticut. He tied for second in the AHL among rookie defensemen in assists, and tied for the team lead among defensemen in points. He also ranked third on the Whale overall in assists, and second among team defensemen with three power play goals. Erixon led all Connecticut defensemen in playoff scoring with four points, and tied for second on the team with four assists in nine postseason contests.

Tim Erixon

The Port Chester, New York native also tallied two assists in 18 games with the Rangers this season. Erixon made his NHL debut on October 7 against Los Angeles as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere in Stockholm, Sweden, and tallied his first career point with an assist on March 23 vs. Buffalo.

McIlrath, 20, made his professional debut with Connecticut on April 9 vs. Bridgeport, and skated in two regular season contests with the Whale. The Rangers’ first round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (10th overall) also appeared in five playoff games with Connecticut, registering five shots on goal and nine penalty minutes. Prior to joining Connecticut, McIlrath skated in 52 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL), registering three goals and a career-high, 20 assists, along with 127 penalty minutes.

Miller, 19, made his professional debut on April 21 at Bridgeport in Game 2 of Connecticut’s opening round series. He tallied his first professional point with an assist on May 2 at Norfolk, and finished the playoffs with one assist in eight games. Prior to joining Connecticut, he skated in 61 games with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), registering 25 goals and 37 assists for 62 points, along with 61 penalty minutes. He tied for fourth on the team in points, ranked fourth in assists and fifth in goals.

J.T. Miller

The Rangers’ first round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (15th overall) also recorded two goals and eight assists in 13 playoff games with Plymouth.

Newbury, 30, registered 25 goals and 39 assists for 64 points, along with 130 penalty minutes in 65 games with Connecticut. He established career-highs in goals, points and shots on goal (221). Newbury tied for the team lead in scoring with 64 points, led the team in goals, ranked second in assists, and fourth with seven power play goals. The Brampton, Ontario native also registered one goal and three assists for four points, along with 20 penalty minutes in nine playoff contests.

Wellman, 24, split the season between Connecticut and the Houston Aeros, registering 23 goals and 24 assists for 47 points, along with 31 penalty minutes in 57 games. He established career-highs in goals, assists and points. Wellman joined Connecticut on February 3 after the Rangers acquired him from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Erik Christensen and a conditional seventh round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The Brentwood, California native recorded nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points, along with 10 penalty minutes in 31 games with Connecticut. In addition, he tied for the team lead in playoff scoring with nine points, ranked first on Connecticut with five assists and tied for second with four goals in nine postseason contests.

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