In Early January Neil Greenberg wrote that Chris Kreider was the top NHL rookie in the first half of the season and the player, up to that point, most deserving of the Calder Trophy. (Washington Post)
NHL.com picked Kreider as the mid-season Calder winner and Kreider was the leader in the Hockey’s Future Calder poll for December.
When asked about his game, Kreider said on NHL live recently, “I am trying to get to the net a lot more. Prior to this year I was playing a lot of perimeter hockey…I’ve gotten bigger the past few years and I think I play a stronger game and helping the team win when I go to the net and hard areas….being hard to play against, finishing checks and using my body.
Kreider ranks third in the NHL in points for a rookie with 27 in 42 games but has the highest points per game, since Tomas Hertl is out for the season, with .64 points per game.
Of Kreider’s 12 goals this season, 2 have tied the game, 4 have given the Rangers the lead, 2 have been insurance goals, 1 has come when the team is up by two and 3 have come when the team is up by three goals.
When Kreider is on the ice, the Rangers have 55.6% of the even strength shot attempts. That ranks second on the team. He is on pace for 21 goals and 27 assists this season.
3:44PM: Kreider said that his job is to score goals but that he isn’t afraid to be physical. He adds that being physical has always been part of his game even though it was tough to play that way in college and that he wants to make things tough for the players he is matched up against. (Ranger Rants)
9:41AM: Early in the second period on Monday night, Chris Kreider hit Fedor Tyutin and Kreider was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.
Kreider did not have a hearing with the NHL department of player safety or receive any supplementary discipline.
Kreider described the incident yesterday by saying (NY Post) he:
- pulled up
- didn’t make much contact
- almost came to complete stop
- “the next thing I know, he’s down on the ice with some sort of an injury, Dubinsky is throwing punches at me and I’m out of the game.”
Kreider said that he was trying to stop Tyutin from making a play, was surprised the by the call and was trying to make the proper play for the Rangers, “I really tried to do the right thing. It’s just too bad.” (NY Post)
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7:30AM: The NHL department of player safety reviewed the hit during and right after the game and they are not expected to conduct a hearing or “enact” supplementary discipline on Kreider. (NY Post)
Kreider came from the side and minimized the impact by “slowing down to a near stop” before hitting Tyutin. (NY Post)
The Rangers may ask the league to rescind the major and game misconduct. (NY Post)
1/7/14: 7:13AM: No supplemental discipline is expected for Kreider after the hit on Tyutin last night. (Larry Brooks)
Tyutin has a lower-body injury being described as a charlie horse. (Aaron Portzline)
1/6/14: 8:57PM: Ulf Samuelsson said that it was probably a five-minute penalty and that Kreider had to have stopped a little more since Tyutin was in a vulnerable position. (John Giannone)
Joe Micheletti didn’t think Krieder deserve a five-minute major.
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In the third period last night, Chris Kreider engaged in his first NHL fight with Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.
Phaneuf and Kreider had been battling all game and as Dave Maloney continually mentioned during the broadcast, the two were engaged during the Rangers win over the Leafs prior to the Christmas break.
Kreider told Dave Maloney last night “I don’t know how it transpires but it is what is.”
He said after the game that he was saying some “really dumb stuff” to Phaneuf and should have just kept hi mouth shut. (NY Post)
Kreider added that Phaneuf slashed Derek Stepan and it rubbed him the wrong way, “I probably took it a little too far.” (Newsday)
Talbot kissed Kreider after the Rangers win on 12/22
Chris Kreider played 17:37 against the Penguins on Wednesday night, including being on the ice in the final two and a half minutes, but didn’t take a shift in OT.
Kreider was moved around a bit in the third period, taking his regular spot with Rick Nash and Derek Stepan but also seeing some shifts with Brad Richards and also with Dominic Moore and Benoit Pouliot.
Kreider had one shot, one missed shot and two hits against the Penguins and according to Extra Skater, was on the ice for 15 shot attempts for and 18 against at Even Strength. He was on the ice for 12 shots on goal for and 12 against.
Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that he stopped playing Kreider because he wasn’t winning enough board battles and didn’t finish his checks.
He said that he felt other guys were going better than Kreider he went with them, especially in OT where the same group of forwards just keep rotating.
Chris Kreider ranks tied for second in the NHL in points by a rookie with 18 (8 goals and 10 assists) and has gotten his 18 points in six fewer games than the players he is tied with.
Kreider is emerging as a serious threat to win the Calder as Rookie of the Year and is becoming one of the NHL’s most immovable forces from in front. (NY Post).
Dave Maloney said, after Kreider’s hat trick against Vancouver, that Kreider makes a lot of good little plays and that while the headline will be the Hat Trick, the little things Kreider does like creating space, using his size and speed are what make him effective.
Joe Micheletti added, “Kreider has improved in every area. He is hitting, skating, fore-checking, scoring, setting up plays and it’s been impressive.”
Rick Nash, via the Rangers, said “Kreider has all the skills to be an All Star in this league.”
Corey Pronman, who has had questions about Kreider in the past, wrote at ESPN Insider, that Kreider has turned a corner and is finally starting to fulfill his potential.
Pronman spoke with Rangers Director, Player Personnel Gordie Clark who said that Kreider’s progress has been “quite evident” and that the biggest obstacle for Kreider in his career was his need to learn how to play defense and play away with the puck.
Maloney said before the Rangers played the Caps, “Chris’s game has become a full game. He is firm on the puck, get into position and gets the puck to the net. He is doing all the things to create room for himself.”
After scoring to tie the game in the third period against Calgary, Kreider said that he is trying to get to the net on every shift and create opportunities from there.
Derek Stepan told Dave Maloney after the Calgary game that Kreider is a big part of his success and Benoit Pouliot said that Kreider is doing what he needs to do and using his size and speed to score goals.
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Following the game, on MSG, Rick Nash was asked by John Giannone about why this line worked so well. Nash said, “It’s tough to put your finger on one thing, it just seemed like there was a lot of open room. I think Kreids backs people off with his speed, Step is so good at both ends of the rink that it allows both wingers to cheat more offensively.”
In the first intermission of yesterday’s win over Vancouver, Bill Pidto mentioned the two goals that Chris Kreider scored and labeled them as revenge since they came against John Tortorella.
Following the game, John Giannone asked Kreider if there was any extra motivation for him because of Tortorella’s presence on the Vancouver bench. With a straight face, Kreider said that there wasn’t and that yesterday was just a chance to pick up two points and get a win at home.
Kreider told the NY Post that he has no hard feelings toward John Tortorella and that Tortorella taught him a lot in the early part of his career.
After the game, via Rangers Report, Kreider said:
- on the way Tortorella treated him “I would struggle trusting me too, I was playing through an injury. There are no hard feelings…I learned a lot from him. The assistant coaches and I had a pretty positive experience but like I said…it’s two points and we are happy to come away with the win.”
- When asked what kind of relationship he had with John Tortorella, Kreider said, “a pretty positive one. He communicated what he want and expected from me. He worked pretty closely with me and helped me get better as a player.”
- On his confidence taking a hit last year, “no…not really. My confidence in my ankle took a hit. I learned very quickly that it’s hard to play through an injury but I managed to do it. On the whole it was a very positive learning experience for me.”
- Did last year help you become better, “I think I learned a lot of smaller nuances and the little things that you need to do to make the team win. I learned a lot of little things.”
Kreider dealt with bone chips in his ankle last season.
John Tortorella, as has been the case dating back to his time with the Rangers, wouldn’t comment on opposing players.
More on their time together can be found, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.