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Rangers' Callahan makes AHL All-Rookie Team

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Rangers winger Ryan Callahan has been playing in the NHL since his recall from Hartford, but he left a big enough impression during his rookie pro season in the American Hockey League to earn a spot on the AHL's All-Rookie Team.

Callahan was one of six players named to the AHL All-Rookie Team on Wednesday, based on his performance in 60 AHL games this season. Neary three weeks after his latest recall, the 22-year-old from Rochester, N.Y., continues to lead the Wolf Pack with 35 goals and 55 points this season after scoring 52 goals for Guelph (OHL) in 2005-06.

Callahan has registered three hat tricks for the Wolf Pack this year and scored a goal in eight straight games from Nov. 22 to Dec. 15. He also scored the winning goal for PlanetUSA with 3.3 seconds left in the 2007 AHL All-Star Game.

After playing two games earlier in the season, Callahan rejoined the Rangers on March 15. He has had four goals and one assist in 12 NHL games this season.

Each All-Rookie Team member will receive a custom designed crystal award in recognition of his selection to the 2006-07 AHL All-Rookie Team. Others on the AHL All-Rookie Team include Hamilton goaltender Jaroslav Halak (now with Montreal), Providence defenseman Matt Lashoff, Chicago Wolves defenseman Nathan Oystrick, Norfolk forward Troy Brouwer and Chicago forward Brett Sterling.

This marks the second consecutive year that a Rangers AHL prospect has made the All-Rookie Team. Current Blueshirts defenseman Dan Girardi was also named to the team in 2005-06.
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