He played seven in the first, one in the second and one in the third. Kreider started on the second line but was pushed to the fourth line after taking a hooking penalty.
Following the game, John Tortorella said that, plan and simple, Kreider isn’t playing well,”I don’t know what the reason is, he just doesn’t play well. I think he still needs to go through the process and that is something that we need to decide what is best for Chris and best for us. I don’t want a situation here where the scrutiny on our club hurts him in the process. I told you guys last year that he did some good things and he had some things that he struggled with. We need to be really careful in how we deal with a kid who has a number of assets to make sure that the process is correct for him.”
Tortorella went on to say that the Rangers are focused on making the best decision for Kreider in both the short and long-term because he has seen talented players destroyed, “that shouldn’t be a shock. I have seen players ruined because you put them in a situation and they struggle and they don’t succeed and they are out of the game. They don’t come out of it. I don’t want to see that happen. He has too many assets but he has not played well and he knows that. It was a battle for him. It’s a lot to ask of him especially when the team is starting 0-2.”
Kreider told NHL.com on Wednesday that he hasn’t found his groove yet.
Adam Rotter: The Rangers aren’t in a position right now where they can afford to let Kreider make mistakes and learn from them. Kreider played on instincts in the playoffs last year and it worked because he had nothing else to fall back on. Now he is trying to learn the Rangers system and it is taking time. If the decision was up to me, I would send him to Hartford for at least 2-3 weeks,
call up Chad Kolarik, and see what Kreider can do after some time with the Rangers. Maybe it’s because of his mental make up and how he approaches the game, but no one seems worried about Kreider’s long term potential being harmed and he is still expected to be a top six scorer in the future. At 21 he needs more time to put all the pieces, assets as John Tortorella calls them, together to become a regular NHL player.