Kreider played for the Whale on Friday and was schedule to play on Saturday and Sunday but was called up because Rick Nash was questionable. Kreider was kept with the team following Sunday’s game because of the injury suffered to Darroll Powe.
Brandon Mashinter was called up and will play tonight for the Rangers.
Regarding Kreider, Julie Robenhymer, who has known and followed Kreider since his time at Boston College, writes at Hockey Buzz that all Kreider needs is a little time before starting to fulfill some expectations, “Attitude is everything when it comes to playing for Tortorella and you won’t find a player willing to work harder at improving his game and doing whatever is asked of him to help the team than Chris Kreider. He might not be scoring the clutch goals he’s become known for just yet, but a huge testament to his game thus far this year has been his physical play away from the puck. Give him time.”
Ryan Callahan said that he understands the situation that Kreider is in and it reminds him of the early start to his own career.
Adam Rotter: Unless there is another injury tonight, Kreider should be down in Hartford tomorrow and playing for the Whale. This isn’t the ideal situation for Kreider, but this is part of the process some players need to go through. Kreider needs time to adapt, just like he did at BC, to the pro game and that may take the entire season. He played on his instincts in the playoffs and that paid off in some cases and also had him go through stretches where he was “god-awful” according to John Tortorella. His time as a healthy scratch gives him a chance to watch and understand more of the Rangers system, but he needs the chance to put what he is seeing into action. The Rangers would be better off calling up a guy like Benn Ferriero or Kris Newbury and allowing Kreider to go down and play in Hartford.