Coach John Tortorella admitted a day earlier that the New York Rangers had discussed summoning Chris Kreider from the minors.

After weighing its options, the team decided to bring him back up Wednesday.

The Rangers have officially recalled Kreider, a 21-year-old winger. Fourth-line bruiser Micheal Haley was sent to the Connecticut Whale.

Kreider has been a curious case for the Rangers this season as a player that management has observed closely and carefully and a prospect that has fired up a fan base pleading for an injection of offense.

After a breakout NHL debut in the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Kreider has struggled to make a similar impact this season. In 11 games, he was limited to one goal and one assist. He battled through an ankle injury and was a healthy scratch for four games. Most importantly, he seemed to lack the confidence and purpose that propelled him to be such an effective contributor last spring.

Wary of bungling his development, the Rangers sent the former Boston College standout to the minors, where he scored six goals in the past eight games.

Despite a three-goal outburst in their most recent win -- a 3-2 victory over the Devils on Tuesday night -- the Rangers rank 27th in the league with a paltry average of 2.31 goals per game. Only Nashville, San Jose and Columbus have scored fewer goals per game.