At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance spoke with Rangers assistant coach/assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld about Chris Kreider.
Custance writes that often times with second year players, though Kreider isn’t technically one, the player goes through a slump after he feels he has made it to the big leagues.
Schoenfeld tells Custance that the feeling of entitlement or “making it” won’t be an issue for Kreider, “We’ve been given every indication that he wants to be better and he wants to continually grow. We’re confident he’s going to accept instruction, learn and gain experience.”
Custance writes that Kreider is going through a process that is very beneficial right now, “getting time in the AHL without the spotlight and microscope in New York should pay off.”
Kreider himself said, “I’m here to play and here to get better. I’m a rookie. There is still a ton to be learned and I’m just getting my feet wet. It’s my first pro camp, so it’s difficult. It’s difficult for everyone but it’s nothing I have experienced before so it’s a learning experience.”
Ken Gernander said of Kreider, “He is just getting his feet wet and if he comes down with the right attitude it will help his development. I think he has a good respect for the American Hockey League. There are going to be no cake walks.”
Kreider has said that he wants to be better at everything.
Kreider was ejected for a hit from behind on Saturday.
Kreider has two shots on goal, zero goals, two assists and 23 penalty minutes in four games for the Whale so far.