Kreider’s shifts broke down as:
- First Period: 4 shifts for 3:06. His shifts were separated by around 3-6 minutes.
- Second Period: 1 shift for 1:09 at 2:42 of the second period
- Third Period: 3 shifts for a total of 2:47.
In the third period, his first shift was at 9:03. His second shift was the faceoff following Derick Brassard’s goal and his third shift was the faceoff following Brad Richards goal.
In a chat with Sam Rosen before the game, John Tortorella said “we talked about a number of players, but what overrides the other guys are his speed, his legs. He has to learn that he has to sustain it and develop offense. I’m not crazy about a kid coming into this situation. We feel he is the best guy right now and maybe he can do some good things. “
Adam Rotter: Everything with Kreider gets put under a microscope and then blown out of proportion. John Tortorella doesn’t hate Kreider and Kreider doesn’t hate John Tortorella. This is part of the process when it comes to young players. Kreider understands that he needs to get better to be a regular NHLer and the improvements he has made since the start of the season have shown that. This was his first full season of pro hockey and there was bound to be a learning curve. He has this summer to work on more of what he needs to and then come to training camp and earn a full-time roster spot.