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If any of the Rangers defensemen is out for a long time, then don't be surprised if Conor Allen gets tabbed as a replacement.
Allen was solid in the preseason and was a viable candidate to make the team. Alain Vigneault was really impressed, telling Rick Carpiniello of LoHud.com:
The player who really caught our attention was Conor Allen. He, I wasn’t in Traverse City but he didn’t really catch attention but as soon as he stepped on the ice with us he was really good. Good stick, good percentage plays. Basically the job we had available is that seventh spot and he is a young guy that needs to play. Hartford is an hour-and-a-half away and is an easy call-up if we need him.
Allen won't get much playing time on the roster now, and playing in the AHL gives him time to develop his game. He is steady, consistent, always makes the right plays and projects as a steady, stay-at-home defenseman.
Injuries are part of the game. Right now, Allen is a better option than Stu Bickel or Justin Falk. He has a bright future with the Rangers, and it could start as soon as this season.