Read: Chris Kreider knows the player he can/wants to be

Chris KreiderChris Kreider said that he knows the “kind of player” that he can be, the player he wants to be and what he needs to work on. (Salem News)

He says that knowing this provides a “huge advantage” and puts the things he needs to do to achieve that into perspective. (Salem News)

Kreider says that he wants to keep getting better and has to use his speed and strength to do that. (Salem News)

He says that his game is about “creating havoc” in front of the net and knowing that he can both take and deliver hits when the time comes. (Salem News)

He says that he wants to be the kind of player who “finishes” on the chances he had in the Stanley Cup Final. (Salem News)

 

 

Read: Chris Kreider and the year that he could have

Chris KreiderChris Kreider is the Ranger most likely to improve this season as his hockey sense continues to catch up with his “physical gifts.” (Boston Globe)

Kreider can “fly and thump” and could develop into a top line player like Max Pacioretty or James van Riemsdyk. (Boston Globe)

Kreider saw his ice time cut by about two minutes per game after the Rangers acquired Marty St. Louis last season which took him off a 40 point pace and put him on a 30 point pace. (Dobber Hockey)

  • In 15 games in January, Kreider had 3 goals and 5 assists in 15:47 per game. In 13 games in March, he had 4 goals and 3 assists in 13:04 per game.

Dobber Hockey has him scoring 18 goals this year and adding 21 assists.

  • Last year they had Kreider down for 13 goals and 16 assists.

The Hockey News has Kreider scoring 25 goals and 27 assists.

Sports Forecaster has Kreider scoring 25 goals and 25 assists. They say that it finally “dawned” on Kreider that he could dominate games and “change outcomes” with his size and speed. His willingness to “crash the net” helps him score as well.

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Stats: Projecting what Chris Kreider may do this season

In The Hockey News Pool Guide, Chris Kreider is projected to play in 75 games for the Rangers and score 27 goals and add in 25 assists.

In their write up for Kreider they say that he is best known for taking out Carey Price but “he will soon be best known for scoring goals.”

Two-years ago, after Kreider’s debut in the playoffs, The Hockey News projected 50 points.

Last year they had Kreider projected for 15 points.

This year, Kreider had:

  • 17 goals and 20 assists in 66 regular season games. He averaged 15:43 per game and had 12 of his 37 points on the PP.
  • 5 goals and 8 assists in 15 playoff games. He averaged 16:48 per game and had 5 of his 13 points on the PP.

He signed a two-year deal last week with a cap hit of $2.475 million.

 

NEWS: Rangers and Chris Kreider come to terms on a TWO-YEAR deal

Kreider9:25AM: The Rangers and Chris Kreider have settled on a TWO-YEAR deal worth $2.35 million in year one and $2.60 million in year two. (Tim Wharnsby)

Kreider’s cap hit will be $2.475 million.

This past season Kreider had

  • 17 goals and 20 assists in 66 regular season games. He averaged 15:43 per game and had 12 of his 37 points on the PP.
  • 5 goals and 8 assists in 15 playoff games. He averaged 16:48 per game and had 5 of his 13 points on the PP.
  • His regular season Corsi was 55.2%, which was 3.6% higher than the team average. (ES)
  • His playoff Corsi was 48.7%, which was 3.4% higher than the team average. (ES)
  • In the regular season he started 35.2% of his shifts in the offensive zone, 38% in the neutral zone and 26.8% in the defensive zone. (ES)
  • In the playoffs, he started 24.4% of his shifts in the offensive zone, 45.2% in the neutral zone and 30.3% in the defensive zone.  (ES)

He will still be an RFA when this contract expires in his qualifying offer will be $2.6 million.

Brian Leetch is a big fan of Kreider.

For more on Kreider’s season, CLICK HERE.

 

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