In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that one Ranger who should stand to benefit from Alain Vigneault’s approach is Chris Kreider.
Brooks says that Kreider and the other wingers should have more time and space in the neutral and that plays much more to Kreider’s strengths than the battling for the puck along the boards or below the goal line.
Kreider, “a great skater with a big-time shot,” is a player who is at his best when he can get the puck in open space and use his speed to create chances.
Andrew Gross writes in The Record that Kreider will benefit from a new found confidence.
THIS SECTION is all about Kreider.
Adam Rotter: A lot of Kreider’s struggles so far get blamed on John Tortorella, but it wasn’t Tortorella who caused Kreider to struggle with the Whale in the first half of last season. He was a raw player when he went to BC, played two years and then broke out as a junior. He know has one-full season as a pro hockey player to go with the 18 playoff games he played in 2012. The world was expected of Kreider when he came to the Rangers, and to some people it still is, but he is about to go through his first full NHL training camp in September. A good year from Kreider won’t be another reason to knock John Tortorella, more than likely a good year from Kreider will just be the next step in his development curve.