Read/Stats: Chris Kreider’s start to the season

Chris KreiderSo far this season, Chris Kreider has 1 goal, 3 assists and 13 shots on goal, with an average of 14:34 per game.

Kreider has 19 PIM but 17 of them came against Columbus. He has 9 hits, 1 blocked shot, 1 giveaway and two takeawys.

On the season he has been on the ice for 6 goals for and 4 against and he has been on the ice for 69 shot attempts for and 56 shot attempts against, giving him a Corsi of 55.2%.

Kreider ranks 9th on the Rangers in average 5 on 5 time per game at 11:52.

On the year, Kreider has started 15 shifts in the neutral zone (25%), 21 in the defensive zone (35%) and 24 in the offensive zone (40%). (Puckalytics)

Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that Kreider was “fighting it” a little bit against the Hurricanes.

Kreider did get a rare OT shift and Vigneault said that he was hoping his speed could make a difference in that situation.

Dave Maloney said on Thursday, “when Kreider gets into trouble I think his speed gets ahead of his hands and head. He is running around and not much is happening.” (MSG)

Kreider has been “all but invisible” in the past two games for the Rangers. (NY Post)

Read: Chris Kreider on what he learned last year and who helped him

Chris Kreider TongueBeing one of the remaining forwards who went to the Eastern Conference Final in 2012, Chris Kreider has become one of the Rangers “veteran” players. (NY Post)

Kreider says that he finally feels comfortable as a Ranger and no longer feels as if he is walking on “eggshells.” (NY Post)

He says that last season was “enlightening” for him and he became the player “I need to be and want to be.” He says that that kind of player is someone who is a physical, north/south player who goes to the net and stays there. He says that he doesn’t want to be someone who plays out on the perimeter. (NY Post)

Kreider said that he learned a lot from Rick Nash and Derek Stepan about competing every night and former Rangers assistant Mike Sullivan told him that while he may not have an “A” game every night, he can’t have a “C” game. (NY Post)

He says that one area of his game that he needs to work on is being more disciplined and needs to cut down on the penalties. (NY Post)

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

Chris Kreider9/16/14 | 7:25PM: Chris 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.