Alain Vigneault said that Tony DeAngelo was sent to Hartford because both and Jeff Gorton felt that DeAngelo needed to play.
Vigneault said that DeAngelo needs to play and keep developing and he just wasn't getting enough ice time with the Rangers.
He said that the Rangers see a "tremendous amount of upside" in DeAngelo and that they will call him back up when they feel he will be able to help the Rangers. (NY Post)
DeAngelo has appeared in 8 games for the Rangers this season, has 1 assist, is a minus four, 14 shots on goal, 25 shot attempts and an average of 12:38 per game.
He is averaging 9:42 per game at even strength, 15 seconds on the PK and 2:40 per game on the PP.
Adam Rotter: DeAngelo just turned 22 years old so being sent to the AHL is not the biggest surprise, especially since he also doesn't have to clear through waivers. Offensively he is NHL ready but he doesn't yet have the well rounded game that the Rangers need from him to be trusted to play the 15-18 minutes a night. He will get all the ice time he needs in Hartford and, I think, will be back with the Rangers at some point before 2018. DeAngelo is a big part of the Rangers future and going to Hartford allows him to develop in a lower pressure situation and also possibly get to work with some of the former players, like Jed Ortmeyer, Brian Leetch and/or Brad Richards, the Rangers have in the front office. There is no reason for the Rangers to rush him and as long as he makes progress in Hartford he will be back.