Why Playing Like Ryan Callahan Will Lead the New York Rangers to Success

Jan 15, 2010 - 06:54 EST

By Hot Stove New York, Senior Writer, Bleacher Report - A few weeks ago I had a conversation with my five-year-old daughter about whom our favorite players on the Rangers are.

Granted, she can only name about four on the whole team, and thinks Guy Lafleur is one of them, but she’s a Brandon Dubinsky girl.

I think it’s the funny-sounding name that won her over (and I recently found out that Marian Gaborik ’s first name is a laughfest for the kindergarten set).

I mentioned that Ryan Callahan was my favorite. When she asked why, it was easy to sum up in one simple sentence: Because he tries the hardest.

Callahan’s the one guy who hits everybody in sight, forechecks like a demon, gets back on defense, and does all the little things a player is supposed to do. Ever since PRB (post-Redden benching), the Rangers are starting to follow his example and play like him (with the exception of the Flyers debacle, of course).

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STORM BIO... Ryan Callahan was selected by the Storm in the 15th and final round of the 2001 OHL Priority Selection... The Rochester, New York native went on to become the team's all-time leading goal scorer... Earned several awards with the Storm including team MVP in 2004-05... Received the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy... Represented his native USA at the 2005 World Junior Championship.