According to the AHL transactions log the New York Rangers have sent forward Mats Zuccarello down to the Connecticut Whale. The move is not that surprising considering Zuccarello was a healthy scratch for two straight games prior to last night and was largely ineffective during his ice time against the Islanders. This past Sunday I wrote that sending Zuccarello down to the minors was the right move if he was either going to be scratched or play under 10 minutes a game because at this stage of his career playing time is the most important thing.
Zuccarello has special skills and will be a very solid NHL player when the time comes, but right now he is inconsistent and still has things in his game that can use work. Going to the Whale and playing 20 minutes a night in situations that allow him to better succeed is the best thing for him long term. On the season Zuccarello, 23, has 6 goals, and 16 assists in 40 games for the Rangers.