Posting solid numbers already in two preseason games up to this point, the New York Rangers will once again get a look at one of their top goaltending prospects within the organization. The team has announced they have recalled goaltender Dylan Garand from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Garand will likely serve as a backup option during the team’s upcoming back-to-back matchups against the New Jersey Devils, and Boston Bruins, respectively.
With both Igor Shesterkin and Jonathan Quick penciled in as the goaltending tandem for the Rangers this season, it is more than likely that Garand will swiftly be moved back down to Hartford for the 2023-24 season. In his first full season in Hartford last year, Garand played in 32 games, securing a 13-14-3 record, garnering a .894 SV% and a 3.01 GAA. Sporting mediocre numbers at best during his first season in the AHL, Garand nearly willed the Wolf Pack to the Calder Cup Finals last year. In eight playoff games, Garand accrued a 5-3-0 record, showing an impressive SV% at .935, and a GAA of 1.76. The team went on a tear out of the gate, before eventually being ousted by the eventual champions, the Hershey Bears, in the Division Finals.
In the 2020 NHL Draft, Garand was the eighth goaltender off the board, falling to the 103rd overall pick, winning Goalie of the Year honors in the WHL for the Kamloops Blazers two years later in the 2021-22 season. In 45 games, Garand earned a 34-9-1 record, posting a .925 SV% and a 2.16 GAA, losing in the WHL Conference Finals to the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Garand still needs to work through some growing pains at the AHL level and should be able to work through that nicely playing in Hartford specifically. If all goes well, and Garand continues to improve in professional hockey, he could potentially compete for the backup role in the next two to three seasons.