Fantasy and reality: Chris Kreider’s process

Corey Griffin

How would you keep in touch with your former teammates during a work stoppage?

“We’re in a fantasy football league together,” Chris Kreider said with a laugh after the Connecticut Whale beat the Hershey Bears 3-1 on Oct. 26.

Such is life for the Rangers’ wonder kid. Instead of getting donuts and lugging bags, he’s beating everyone to James Jones on the waiver wire. It’s a far cry from the NHL-ready skill set he flashed last spring and it’s fair to wonder if starting in Hartford over Broadway stuck with him.

On that Friday night, Kreider spent much of the first period drifting, so much so that one person wondered if he would have been better off carrying an ad banner than a hockey stick.

But then the second period started and suddenly the fresh-out-of-college phenom that took the Stanley Cup playoffs by storm was on display again. And as the period ticked to a close, Kreider worked his way into a short-handed 2-on-1 deep in the Hershey zone with Ryan Bourque on his flank — Kreider’s best scoring chance of the night. Except Kreider hesitated, the defenseman closed off the passing lane and Kreider was in too close to get a backhand over the goalie’s shoulder.

“It was not the right play in retrospect. I could have moved it to (Bourque) early. I could’ve shot it far blocker. Those were my two options,” Kreider said, knowing he missed a chance. ” … I had it on my backhand and I thought the goalie was leaning so I tried to push it wide and get it upstairs. I should’ve just shot it. I overthought it.”

The next night, Kreider found the open net from a sharp angle for his first regular season pro goal, but it was his sparkling one-handed, reach-around-the-defenseman assist to Christian Thomas that stole the show.

Goal, assist and or missed opportunity — it’s all part of the learning curve as Kreider adjusts to being a full-time pro. With a jaw-dropping combination of size and speed, he has the raw tools that few can fathom, but the former BC Eagle knows that’s not enough anymore.

“These guys are bigger, they’re stronger and they’re meaner,” Kreider said. “A lot of times you think you’ve won a puck battle and they get a touch on you and next thing you know it’s a 50-50 puck again. It’s going into corners with a greater tenacity than you maybe did in college, because (in college) you know you’re bigger and faster than guys so you’re gonna come away with pucks.”

And so it goes. While Henrik Lundqvist sits at the bargaining table and Rick Nash plies his craft in Sweden, Kreider skates among less-talented men in the AHL, tweaking this and strengthening that, hoping he’s ready when Broadway finally calls again.

Until then, he’ll have to settle for fantasy football.

“Up until this past couple weeks, (I’ve been) pretty bad, but (I’m) starting to figure it out,” Kreider said.

It’s a process.




79 comments
greggreen
greggreen

the 6th round pick from 3 years ago is off the team. Now all the problems are fixed


-Basic jets fans

Bent
Bent moderator

Barnes - Wilkerson - Coples - Babin


Expect to see them rushing from this four man front at some point.

marcus81
marcus81

a move by the Jets that actually makes sense too bad team is 1-5

Bent
Bent moderator

At the start of the season, Bush was practice squad eligible because he's only accrued two seasons.  (He's only been in the league two seasons).


However, because he was on the active roster for six games, which is full pay status even though he was mostly inactive, I believe that means he's accrued a third season so he may no longer be eligible.


Even if he was still eligible Daryl Richardson or Matt Simms would have to go.   It's feasible either could be activated at some point though.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Clyde Gates is very upset that the Clyde Gates 1st down FINGER POINT isn't getting quite as much attention as the Kyle Wilson FINGER WAG.....



bradysucks
bradysucks

The Kyle Wilson Finger Wag should have its own website or at least its own YOUTUBE video!


That is a video I want to watch for giggles...


Play after play....one finger wag after another.....career "Finger Wag"  highlights of Kyle Wilson

bradysucks
bradysucks

Woody Johnson just released John Idzik

(Psyche)

Woody Johnson released Revis and extended Sanchez

(Not psyche but true !!! Lol)

Okay none of this is on Woody because it is all Rex's fault (sarcasm)

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Seriously though, they wouldn't make this move now if they weren't planning to dress Barnes, would they? There was no other urgency. Curious if Rex actually puts him in the game for a few snaps. You gotta think he's pretty rusty.

harold
harold

@Bent 


We should have cut Bush after preseason and signed Reed.  We would likely be 3-3 with Reed on this squad maybe 4-2.  Because if we don't lose that Packers game no telling how good our record would look right now.

Bent
Bent moderator

I'll create it myself if it means you'll go there.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@MikeFrancesser 


The Patriots wanted Bush....


oh wait....


He plays like a Jet so they didn't

Bent
Bent moderator

@harold


We should have extended Reed immediately after the season and kept him on a nice easy pitch count all offseason.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Bent 


I will go there


Now get to work....


lol


I WARNED you this was coming Bent -


NO OFFENSE  and junk secondary means PROBLEMS

tsjc68
tsjc68

The Pats will probably sign Bush to try to glean some inside info from him, only to find out his knowledge of the team playbook is "limited".

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Brendan @bradysucks 


Tanny is a beaten dog with fleas.....It's far more fun to blame Woody!


Go Idzik (keep giving other GM's around the NFL the Kyle Wilson finger wag after each of your brilliant roster moves !!)

Erik Lehtis
Erik Lehtis

@juunit @Disgruntled Jets Fan 

Even a crusty Bush is better than no bush at all. I guess. 


So has Josh Bush's status for the next game finally changed from it's usual "doubtful"? I suppose one could say it's more doubtful than ever.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

But how could our CBs ever hope to cover their receivers with Harrison off the field?

On a serious note, who'd be the linebackers in that package?

Bent
Bent moderator

@bradysucks


Tons of injuries at key positions coinciding with your toughest stretch of games of the season means problems too.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@J. Smooth @bradysucks 


Last I checked the Jets are 1-5


Josh Bush must play like a Jet....



bradysucks
bradysucks

You seem to be experienced with crusty bush's

Take a bow

Bent
Bent moderator

@Disgruntled Jets Fan It's a package they've already used a version of a few times this year with IK rather than Barnes and actually with an effective five man front.


The other seven players on the field were:


Five DBs, one of whom was AA (so the big nickel personnel)

Richardson (apart from Douzable in his place on one)

Harris (apart from Davis in his place on one after Harris was hurt)

bradysucks
bradysucks

@J. Smooth @tsjc68 


Revis plays like a Patriot....


I guess that is why Idzik traded him and Bellicheck signed him


Go Jets !

tsjc68
tsjc68

(wags finger at J.Smooth's incomplete pass that I didn't really have a hand in stopping)

bradysucks
bradysucks

@J. Smooth @bradysucks @tsjc68 


When Idzik F's up the Wilkerson extension I will officially lose it

bradysucks
bradysucks

@J. Smooth @tsjc68 


It's 3rd and 3....


Time for Kyle Wilson to drop back ten yards into zone coverage


Kyle Wilson = poster boy for situational football


Don't doubt him or you'll get the FINGER WAG