Read: Chris Kreider Is Getting A Big Opportunity

Chris KreiderTonight against the Devils, Chris Kreider will start on the left wing of Brad Richards and Rick Nash as part of the Rangers top line.

Kreider told the NY Post yesterday that his position on the top line LW is where he wants to be and that he will try to take hold of the spot he is being offered. He added that he sees it as an opportunity and one he wants to take advantage of.

Alain Vigneault said yesterday, that Kreider will “get a good opportunity. Size, speed, you could see on the PP he was gong to the front of the net. I’ve liked a lot of things I have seen from Chris so far and he is going to get a real good look.”

Vigneault told SNY’s Nick Licalzi today that Kreider “is one of the high end prospects. He has size, skill, we want to give him every opportunity to show what he can do and putting him with Brad and Rick we are certainly showing our hand a bit to say that we are giving a good opportunity and we want to see what you can do.”

Kreider told SNY’s Nick Licalzi over the weekend that his goals for this season are to just make the team and help them win. When asked about the “clean slate” mantra, Kreider said that it’s being embraced by everyone and that “working hard and proving yourself” is a “wonderful mantra to have.”

Rick Nash said on MSG yesterday that Kreider is going to be a star.

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Adam Rotter: It was only a scrimmage but Kreider looked nice yesterday. He got a lot better as the season went on last year and started to look much more comfortable following his time in Hartford last March. Kreider has been one of the main guys brought up when people talk about “clean slates” and while I think he benefits from a new set of eyes on him, he now has a full season of pro hockey under his belt and close to 100 games total between the playoffs and regular season. He is still considered a young player and may even still have Calder eligibility, but he has now been around the block and seems to have a better handle on how to perform at the NHL level. John Tortorella put him through “the process” last season and it seems like Alain Vigneault is going to reap the rewards of that.