The New York Rangers roster continues to change as the team called up defenseman John Gilmour from the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 9, 2018
Gilmour, 24, has skated in 120 games with the Wolf Pack over the last two seasons. In 44 games played this season, Gilmour has registered six goals and 20 assists for 26 points, along with 22 penalty minutes. He leads all Wolf Pack defensemen in assists and points and is tied for seventh for defensemen in the AHL in the same categories. Gilmour participated in the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic and Skills Competition where he won the Fastest Skater title with a time of 13.663 seconds, which is the fourth-fastest time in the event’s history.
Prior to beginning his professional career, Gilmour played four seasons of hockey at Providence College (2012-13 to 2015-16), and he helped Providence win the National Championship in 2014-15.
Gilmour was originally selected by Calgary Flames in the seventh round, 198th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed as a free agent by the Rangers in August 2016.
Marc Staal on Injured Reserve
In order to make room on the roster for Gilmour, the Rangers placed defensemen Marc Staal on the injured reserve list. Staal suffered a cervical injury in a contest against the Nashville Predators on Feb. 3 and has not been back on the ice since.
With the promotion of Neal Pionk on Thursday, the Rangers now have two rookie defensemen on the team. Should both Pionk and Gilmour be in the lineup tonight against the Calgary Flames at the Garden, it would be the first time two Rangers defensemen have made their debut’s in the same game since Oct. 2, 2009, at Pittsburgh.
Should John Gilmour and Neal Pionk both play tonight, the Rangers would have two defensemen making their NHL debuts in the same game for the first time since Oct. 2, 2009 at Pittsburgh (Michael Del Zotto and Matt Gilroy). Per @EliasSports
— NYR Stats & Info (@NYRStatsInfo) February 9, 2018
Brendan Smith sent to Hartford
Brendan Smith cleared waivers and was sent down to the Wolf Pack on Friday. Hopefully, he can rediscover his game in a non-pressure situation.