2009-10: Heikkinen was signed by the Rangers to a one-year contract last spring. Off to a slow start, Heikkinen gained confidence early and put up excellent numbers in October and November. An early December call-up to the Rangers followed, and although he at times played very well in the seven games in which he appeared, he was not productive offensively and was demoted in mid December.
An excellent puck-moving defenseman, he has very good on-ice vision, as well as a heavy shot. He did not look very impressive in the Rangers training camp last fall and began the season with the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack.
Since Heikkinen's return to Hartford, he has not been anywhere near as productive as he was before the call-up, nor has he looked anywhere as confident on the ice. There have been more positional issues and some questionable decisions. Whether this is the result of a team on the decline or his own personal situation is not clear. However, Heikkinen's second season in North America is in doubt.