The first minor revelation of training camp: In an hour-long practice featuring the Red and White units, the Rangers are testing Ryan Callahan at center between Martin Straka and Petr Prucha.
Maybe you shouldn’t read too much into it. As director of player personnel Gordie Clark—a UNH alum no less!—said, one of the functions of training camp is to rule things out, meaning this experiment might not last more than a day.
But Callahan does have experience as a center in juniors, and given his impressive NHL tenure so far, he could conceivably be a safer choice than Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov. Of course, both of those players have looked sharp so far as well.
Or at least sharp in a bunch of drills. The two teams are set to scrimmage shortly, so let’s see how that pans out.