Kyle Jean is off to a hot start in the AHL.
When the Rangers signed Kyle Jean to a contract over the summer, not many were sure what to expect. After all, Jean wasn’t exactly lighting the lamp in the CCHA, finishing with 36 points in 77 games before coming on board with the Rangers as a non-roster invitee to the prospect development camp. But four games into his AHL career, Jean is one of the more dominant forces on the ice for the Whale, netting three goals and three assists.
Because of this hot start, many are anointing Jean as the next Dan Girardi. It’s easy to see the similarities, as both were undrafted free agents that managed to find a spot within the Rangers organization. Girardi clawed his way up from the ECHL, while Jean has found a more direct route from within the AHL. That said, it has been just four games.
There are many things to like about Jean. He is scoring, he is a force on the ice, and he is showing he can dictate the pace of a game in the AHL. But let’s remembe...