Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 2/2/13

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Brandon Mashinter #72 of the San Jose Sharks lines up for a faceoff during the preseason game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on September 21, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks defeated the Sharks 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Since the Rangers obtained Brandon Mashinter from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Tommy Grant, he has done nothing but impress for the CT Whale. The 6' 4" Mashinter has 2g, 4a in his seven games with the Whale and has been more than willing to drop the gloves when necessary, as seen here in last night's 5-4, OT loss to Bridgeport (2:15 mark)... Here's Sharks GM Doug Wilson on Mashinter (via Daily News)... “(Mashinter) is a big physical kid. Sometimes players just need a change of scenery. He’s got upside to him. Some young players just have to understand the consistency needed at the next level. But he’s a good kid, we had a lot of forwards in Worcester (San Jose’s AHL club), and it was a deal that was good for us, good for him, and we wish Brandon nothing but the best.” Hockey's Future has this report on Mashinter... "Mashinter plays with physicality and grit while working the boards well down low but has to drive the front of the opposition's net mor...
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