New York Rangers hope to see the return of rookie forward Pavel Buchnevich sooner rather than later.
Buchnevich, 21, suited up for just two games before being placed on injured reserve (IR). In those two games, he made quiet the impression with having a solid performance that included his first point and maintaining a plus-1 rating to start off his rookie campaign with an average of 14:52 minutes of ice time.
While Buchnevish has missed time with back spasms the expectations on the young forward have not been dismissed.
The 6’1”, Russian forward is known as a fast skater with incredible offensive instincts and a knack for finding the back of the net.
Last season he split time between two KHL clubs, he suited up for 40 games for the Severstall Cherepovets of the KHL where he had 12 goals and 17 assists. Additionally, he had 18 appearances with SKA St. Petersburg where he notched another four goals and four assists for 37 points on the season.
Alain Vigneault says Pavel Buchnevich is close and could play Friday. Chris Kreider is day to day but unlikely for Friday.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) October 26, 2016
Originally selected by the New York Rangers in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft, Buchnevish just made the transition to North American hockey this season.
Chris Kreider, 25, skated in five contests for the Rangers before straining his neck and being taken out of the lineup.
While being listed as day-to-day it is all dependent upon the recovery time. Previously it had been speculated that he could return for the Rangers matchup with rival Boston Bruins tonight; however, it looks as though he may not be making his return until early next week.
Kreider is leading the Rangers though the first five games of the season with three goals and seven points. In addition to his scoring he leads the club with 23 shots and 17 hits. His absence from the lineup will leave a hole for the Rangers to fill.