Defenseman Thomas Pock's less-than-impactful tenure with the Rangers has come to a close as the Islanders claimed the 26-year-old Austrian off waivers today. Pock had been ticketed for Hartford (AHL) anyway and his chances of ever sticking with the Blueshirts seemingly faded for good this training camp with the emergence of Corey Potter and Brian Fahey as potentially NHL legitimate defensemen.
Pock played 59 games over four seasons with the Rangers, scoring seven goals with seven assists and a minus-13. The bulk of his action came when he had four goals and four assists in 44 games in 2006-07. He's coming off shoulder surgery this summer though he said he was pleased with his recovery. His best moment as a Ranger was his first game on March 23, 2004, after the Rangers had essentially traded away their roster. The Rangers signed Pock out of UMass that day. He literally got a call while lounging in his campus apartment around lunchtime and drove down to the Garden to make his debut. He had a goal on three shots in a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins that night, fueling expectations that he would eventually become a decent NHL player.
Pock will most likely start the season now with Bridgeport (AHL).