They write of Kreider that the shift towards a more open style with Alain Vigneault should help, but Kreider needs to work his way out of the minor leagues first. They say that his talent level is that of a top-six forward but his confidence has seemed shaky at times.
Adam Rotter: It’s the lowest spot Kreider has had as people start to doubt he will reach the lofty expectations set out for him. He was a main untouchable in the original Rick Nash talks and his five goals in the 2012 playoffs had people dreaming of big things for Kreider. John Tortorella saw that he needed more time right away, to go through the process, and Alain Vigneault has to agree so far. Whether it’s with the Rangers or the Wolf Pack, Kreider needs to play top six minutes and he didn’t grab hold of that chance with the Rangers. It’s best for him to play in all situations, work on defense, and play top line in Hartford than try to find a way to create offense on the fourth line with Dominic Moore. If Kreider goes to Hartford and does what he is supposed to do, score, he will be back with the Rangers very soon.
Chris Kreider is 6-3, 225 and projects out to be a speedy power forward at the NHL level.
Kreider has been called a “Prototypical power forward. You can hear him coming down the ice. He’s like an impending force when he’s hounding you on the puck.”
On the power, size and speed that Kreider has, Jerry York said on 1050 in early May “If he doesn’t grow up in eastern Massachusetts he probably ends up as a tailback at some major division one college.”
At Puck Daddy, Sean Leahy spoke with Chris Kreider about the chance that he had the past two seasons to play with Team USA at the IIHF World Championships.
Kreider played with Brandon Dubinsky and Matt Gilroy his first season and Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh last year.
On what he was able to learn at those tournaments, Kreider told Leahy, “A lot. Almost too many things to list. My first year, when I was 18, it was a lot of off-ice stuff and how guys carried themselves and conducted themselves away from the rink and in the locker room. Last year was the way guys played and the way guys prepared and the way guys performed on the ice.”
In the Boston Herald, Steve Buckley writes about how the situation Chris Kreider is in reminds him of the situation that former Ranger Tony Amonte went through in 1991.
Amonte signed with the Rangers following Boston University being knocked out of the playoffs:
Decked out in his new clothes, Amonte was put on a plane to New York, then driven directly to Madison Square Garden, where he made his NHL debut in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Hingham native went on to play 15 seasons in the NHL, scoring 416 goals.
So maybe it happens again. Maybe another Massachusetts native from a Beanpot school makes it to the Frozen Four, and then goes to Eastern Clothing for a new suit, and then to Madison Square Garden for a new uniform.
In the same article, Buckley quotes the coach of Air Force as saying “The kid who scored their two goals. Where is he going to be in three weeks, New York?”
Buckley also praised Kreider for his praise and respect for his opponents.
Chris Kreider had two goals last night in Boston College’s win over Air Force.
Following the game BC coach Jerry York praised Kreider’s competitiveness in the NY Times,
“I think he’s an outstanding athlete. He rises to the competitive level. He’s had a tough stretch here as far as points in the last 10 games, but his play has been pretty good. But tonight, I think two goals, it’s a testament to his competitiveness. He’s shown us that over the three years.
York also praised the kind of person that Kreider is “I love how he just talks about his linemates making a good play. He’s a pretty humble kid. But he’s had a history of having really good tournaments, so we hope it continues.”
At ESPN Insider, Corey Pronman lists five Ranger prospects that the Rangers could trade for Rick Nash.
He lists Tim Erixon, Chris Kreider, Michael St. Croix, JT Miller and Dylan McIlrath.
On Erixon, who Pronman is a big fan of, he says that Erixon projects to be a shutdown defenseman who can play against the other team’s top players.
On Kreider, Pronman writes that he is looked at as a top six goal scorer with first line potential.
On St. Croix, he quotes a scout as saying, “He’s the player this year I thought he was going to be last year.” St. Croix is a brilliant playmaking forward with great upside and could have the potential to be a top-two line scorer in the NHL.
On JT Miller, Pronman says that he is a versatile player with no noticeable weaknesses.
On McIlrath, he says that after struggling to start the season, McIlrath has “been a bone-crushing defenseman who scares the life out of opposing forwards every shift.”