32-Year-Old Center – New York Rangers
Adam Cracknell Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $675,000 contract extension with the Stars in March 2017.
Cracknell was claimed off waivers by the Rangers on Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
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You have to admit -- Cracknell is a pretty cool hockey name. He's a career minor leaguerer who's seen a couple of limited stints with the Blues prior to signing with the Kings this offseason. He'll look to crack what's a pretty deep group of forwards in LA.
Cracknell showed some talent at times last season playing on what could be described as an energy line in St. Louis. A strong defensive player who also has a nose for the puck, the 6-2, 210 lb winger has a chance to make the team, but not as much more than as a checking line specialist.
Cracknell had a cameo appearance with the Blues in 2011-12, but most of his work came with Peoria of the American Hockey League. He's been improving offensively, and scored a career-high 23 goals with 49 points in 72 games. The Blues like him enough, but he doesn't project to be anything more than an emergency fill-in for them.
At 25, Cracknell got his first taste of the NHL last season when injuries hit the Blues. He didn't look out of place, giving the Blues seven points and a plus-1 in 24 games. He was re-signed in the offseason, but will begin the year at AHL Peroia. He's a good depth guy in an organization.
Cracknell was one of the leading snipers for Peoria of the AHL in 2009-10, scoring on nearly 12 percent of his shots. He's shown a scoring knack in all of his stops previous to the AHL, but doesn't project to much more than a depth player at the NHL level. And the Blues have plenty of those already in house.
Cracknell is still in the Calgary system, but has not made much of an impact so far. He will need to really up his game in the minors this year if he's going to have a shot at the NHL in 2009-10.
Cracknell chose to spend last season in the EHCL after not making the Calgary roster. He picked up 22 points in 31 games in addition to six points in eight playoff games. His status with the Flames is up in the air currently, so shy away from him for now.
Cracknell will not be in the NHL anytime soon, the prospect will really have to make a case in the minors if he's going to make an NHL squad someday.