by Patrick Hoffman on 11/26/10 at 02:00 PM ET
When it comes to the New York Rangers’ offense this season, the names that automatically come to mind are obviously Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, and Artem Anisimov.
These three Blueshirts have produced on a consistent basis, create scoring chances and also play well on the defensive side of the puck. They may not have the skills of a Marian Gaborik but nevertheless, these three have been getting it done for the Rangers this season.
One player that has been extremely inconsistent and tough to figure out this season on the Rangers is Erik Christensen. According to team head coach John Tortorella, Christensen is one of the most offensively skilled guys the team has along with the best passer on the club. However, the consistency simply isn’t there for Christensen.
In 22 games this season, Christensen has three goals and five assists for eight points. What’s even more disturbing is he picked up three of those points in an 8-2 rout of the Edmonton Oilers back on November 14.
Tortorella has done everything he possibly can to get this guy going. He gives him plenty of minutes, let’s him play on the power play, and even puts him on the top line.
Unfortunately for the head coach, none of these things have panned out. Tortorella has always said that when it comes to Christensen, it is all mental and right now, that is clearly showing.
So, with all that said, what should the team do with him? Do you cut him loose? Do you send him to Hartford to play on the Connecticut Whale?
Frankly, I’m not sure what the team can do with him, which adds to the enigma that is Erik Christensen.
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