Rangers call for Potter, return Sauer to Hartford

hfd_200.jpgNew York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Corey Potter has been recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) and defenseman Michael Sauer has been assigned to Hartford.

Potter, 25, has registered one assist in three games with the Rangers this season. He made his NHL debut on December 7 vs. Calgary, and tallied his first career point (assist) on December 27 vs. New Jersey.

The 6-3, 200-pounder has skated in 62 games with Hartford this season, recording nine goals and 20 assists for 29 points, along with 82 penalty minutes. He currently leads all Wolf Pack defensemen in goals (nine) and ranks second in assists (20) and points (29). He also ranks first among Hartford defensemen with four power play goals. Potter has posted a career-high, eight multiple-point contests this season, including a three-point effort (two goals and one assist) on February 13vs. Lake Erie.

The Lansing, Michigan native was originally the Rangers’ third selection, 122nd overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Sauer, 21, has registered six goals and 16 assists for 22 points, along with 35 penalty minutes in 59 games with Hartford this season. He returns to Hartford ranked second among team defensemen in goals (six), tied for third in points (22) and fourth in assists (16). The 6-3, 220-pounder skated in three games with the Rangers, making his NHL debut on Tuesday vs. Minnesota.

The St. Cloud, Minnesota native was originally the Rangers’ second round selection, 40th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.