Ty Ronning needs to impress the Rangers next season

Ty Ronning (Charles Wenzelberg)

Ty Ronning, the Rangers’ 21-year-old prospect, completed his first full professional year in the Rangers organization. After showing flashes in training camp and in Maine, the prospect earned himself a few call ups to Hartford throughout the season. 

The young forward played in 23 games in the AHL, registering four goals and an assist with a +/- of -7. Keep in mind that he was playing on the bottom six when he was called up to Hartford. In Maine, the forward competed in 25 games, registering 12 goals and 10 assists with a +/- of +3.

In essence, the speedy forward had equal time with the Maine Mariners and Hartford Wolf Pack playing in a total of 48 games. You may ask why he was out of the lineup frequently. There are a few reasons for this.

Ty Ronning had multiple lengthy injuries when he was adjusting to the professional ranks. The forward fought back on the ice after missing numerous games within the organization. The forward proved that he can perform well in the ECHL. However, in Hartford, he was given limited opportunities while Keith McCambridge was running the show. When he did play it was with limited ice on the third or fourth line.

What was most perplexing were the healthy scratches. McCambridge would scratch Ronning and other young players in favor of AHL veterans. This flies in the face of what the big club in NY was doing since the rebuild letter. Is it any wonder why McCambridge was fired? The answer is obvious.

Ty Ronning was not given enough chances to show Chris Drury or the Rangers his abilities on an AHL roster. As it is, the Wolf Pack were struggling and they were not playing for a playoff spot for a majority of the year. Perhaps the forward will get a legitimate shot next season with a new coaching staff in place.

Ultimately, Ty Ronning struggled last season due to injuries and adjustments. It would be a mistake but to count him out just yet. The forward will be motivated to train hard for the upcoming season as he experienced what to expect in the ECHL or AHL. How he performs will depend on where he ends up in the lineup. If given linemates that can enable him to become better and learn from his mistakes, then we could see him produce steady numbers in Hartford. If he is placed on a line with a lack of talent or mentoring, then he could end up in the ECHL. 

The Rangers do not want another Michael St. Croix situation, where a player dominates the ECHL but not the AHL. Considering the large prospect pool, Ty Ronning must earn his spot in Hartford. If he ends up with Maine, he shouldn’t be written off but legit concerns will arise. He is still in the early stages of his development. I see potential in him, especially with his speed and skill-set, now he needs to best foot forward.