Hockey’s Future has started their countdown of the top 50 prospects in the NHL and coming in at 42 on the list is the Rangers Chris Kreider.
Kreider was sent to Hartford yesterday to start his second full season as a pro.
Through the years, Kreider has been ranked:
- 2010 Fall: 23rd
- 2011 Spring: 23rd
- 2011 Fall: 27th
- 2012 Spring: 19th
- 2012 Fall: 11th
- 2013 Spring: 19th
They write of Kreider that the shift towards a more open style with Alain Vigneault should help, but Kreider needs to work his way out of the minor leagues first. They say that his talent level is that of a top-six forward but his confidence has seemed shaky at times.
Kreider was ranked 20th last season by THN’s Future Watch.
Adam Rotter: It’s the lowest spot Kreider has had as people start to doubt he will reach the lofty expectations set out for him. He was a main untouchable in the original Rick Nash talks and his five goals in the 2012 playoffs had people dreaming of big things for Kreider. John Tortorella saw that he needed more time right away, to go through the process, and Alain Vigneault has to agree so far. Whether it’s with the Rangers or the Wolf Pack, Kreider needs to play top six minutes and he didn’t grab hold of that chance with the Rangers. It’s best for him to play in all situations, work on defense, and play top line in Hartford than try to find a way to create offense on the fourth line with Dominic Moore. If Kreider goes to Hartford and does what he is supposed to do, score, he will be back with the Rangers very soon.