In the Daily News, Chris Kreider spoke about how playing in the NHL varies from playing in the AHL.
Kreider said that one thing he learned was that he could throw a hard body check in the NHL and not be called for a penalty like he was in college and earlier this season in the AHL.
In terms of physical play, Kreider said “at this level when you’re in the process of hitting guys, if their hands are free, they’re going to make a play. So I’ve got to get stick to puck. It’s about being cognizant of that, but it’s also stuff I know I can do. I just have to focus on it.”
John Tortorella has said that he wants Kreider to focus on holding onto pucks and Kreider said that that had been a big focus of his game in the past so he knows he can do that.
He was sent down earlier this afternoon.
According to the AHL Transaction website, via Larry Brooks, the Rangers have sent Chris Kreider to Hartford.
John Tortorella said earlier in the week that he was worried about Kreider being in certain situations.
He has played 11 games this season and has one goal and one assist. H is averaging 10:22 per night and has 5 shots on goal and 16 hits.
Kreider played 4:33 on Tuesday.
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The Whale play against Bridgeport tomorrow night in Hartford and Saturday afternoon in Bridgeport.
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In 25 games with the Whale, Chris Kreider had four goals and six assists with 52 shots on goal and 45 penalty minutes.
In eight December games, Kreider has ZERO points, is a minus two and has 12 shots on goal.
Kreider is ranked 46th in rookie scoring in the AHL.
Jim Schoenfeld explained Kreider’s first half of the season at Blueshirts United.
He said, “It has been a little more difficult than I think he would have expected. He is learning. He is a good offensive player, strength speed and a very good shot. When he is on the ice at a lower level he can have his way and his speed can help him make up for mistakes. Now he is playing against smarter individuals, guys who are faster, highly skilled and you don’t have that time to recover if you make a mental mistake. He is going through the process, Kenny has spent a lot of time with Chris and he is hungry to learn. It is part of the process of learning. He is taking in a lot of information and hockey is a game of reaction and if you are caught out there thinking you are too slow to make the right reaction. I think it will sink in and I think he will have a tremendous second half. The fans don’t have to worry about his numbers.
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In the latest issue of The Hockey News,with Bobby Orr on the cover, they write that the only people pressing the panic button on Kreider are Ranger fans and not Ranger management. They write “the Rangers are content to let Kreider work out his kinks in CT and confident he’ll be NHL-ready when the big league returns to play.”
According to a tweet from Katie Strang, Chris Kreider avoided serious injury yesterday when he was thrust into the boards during the Whale’s loss to Springfield.
She notes that he is day to day with a neck strain.
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7:27PM: From Rob “Kreider did not return during the third. Whale lose 3rd straight, 5-0″
The Whale sent out this tweet 25 minutes ago “With 16:46 in the 2nd @ChrisKreider takes a big hit and is slow to get up but is able to skate off on his own “
Mitch Beck tweeted this 32 minutes ago “Kreider shaken up… down on the ice Trainer Damien Hess out to check on him at 3:14″
Theresa aka kaboom23 tweeted “kreider just got his head slammed into the boards, went straight to the locker room…yikes”
Hartford Hockey tweeted “Kreider got leveled on the endwall, Kreider hurt but no penalty called”
6:31PM: Erik Douglas tweeted “kreider hasn’t returned since holden bundled him behind the net early on in the 2nd”
The Whale defeated the Sound Tigers 7-5 tonight and scored four goals in the third period.
- Chris Kreider had two goals (including the game winner) on two shots
- Kyle Jean had an assist and one shot
- Ryan Bourque had an assist and was a minus one
- JT Miller had an assist and two shots
- Christian Thomas was a minus one with ZERO shots
- Matt Gilroy had two goals on four shots
- The Whale were 1-4 on the PP
- Other goals were scored by Chad Kolarik, Tommy Grant and Kris Newbury
- Cam Talbot stopped 36 of 41 shots
Kreider highlights start at 1:30
Throughout training camp and the preseason for the Whale, Chris Kreider consistently made it clear that he loves playing hockey.
Since the season started for the Whale, Kreider has not changed his tune, telling the NY Times “It’s fun to go out there and do what you love to do. Whenever you’re playing hockey it’s exciting, whatever the situation.”
He added, “I’m very happy to be here to try to learn to play hockey. After you’ve had that taste, you just want to get back on the ice. I never came down. I was so excited and so disappointed that we lost to New Jersey that I wanted to keep going.”
So far in Hartford, Kreider has 1 goals, 6 assists, 26 shots and is a -2 in 11 games.
Kreider also has 35 penalty minutes, 15 in one game and 8 in another.
Blueshirts United said that Kreider returned to the ice for extra practice with Whale assistant coach Pat Boller after all of his teammates left the facility.
They write that with his dedicated to hard work and the effort he brings to the ice every day, “Chris Kreider is going to be everything and then some that Rangers fans pray he will be in the NHL.”