Chris Kreider will return to the Rangers lineup tonight on a line with JT Miller and Brian Boyle.
Kreider attributed his success during his eight games with the Whale to the PP “firing on all cylinders” and the “unbelievable” player that Kris Newbury is. Kreider said that Newbury made the game very easy for him.
While with the Whale he played in all situations and felt that playing 20 minutes a night kept him engaged and that his entire mindset was trying to do everything he needed to work on consistently.
He called his time in Hartford a “real positive experience” and one where he was able to feel out and work through where he was comfortable and where he wasn’t.
Kreider told the Daily News that he believes the organization has his best interest in mind and wants to help him reach his potential. He said that he doesn’t feel any added pressure and doesn’t feel as if there is more pressure on him now, with the Rangers, than there was when he was with the Whale.
Kreider also said, via the team’s website, that he would rather be a player they focus on then a player they don’t worry about.