Hockey’s Future has started their countdown of the top 50 prospects in the NHL and coming in at 42 on the list is the Rangers Chris Kreider.
Kreider was sent to Hartford yesterday to start his second full season as a pro.
Through the years, Kreider has been ranked:
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.
Kreider was ranked 20th last season by THN’s Future Watch.
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.
In the Dobber Hockey Prospect Guide, they look at the upside for each of the Rangers prospects.
For Chris Kreider that say his upside is comparable to that of Montreal’s Max Pacioretty and that he can be a 35 goal/40 assist guy.
Dobber defines “upside” as statistical number that the players will likely not surpass but a realistic number that the player can hit.
At Hockey Prospectus, Corey Pronman says that Kreider could be a “below-average” top-line winger in the NHL but adds that Kreider’s projection carries “notable” uncertainty.
Pronman says that Kreider’s physical tools are “simply tremendous” and that his skating ability and speed make him a dangerous player in transition.
Pronman ranked Kreider as the 41st best prospect in hockey.
Bruce Berlet writes that Chris Kreider, in his pursuit of finishing up his degree from Boston College, is doing an independent study project on Collective Bargaining Agreements and labor negotiations.
Kreider said that he has no set deadline for the project but it will come down to a “pretty extensive paper.”
Kreider told Berlet that Canucks goalie Corey Schneider did a similar project when he was a freshman at BC about the 2004-05 lockout.
He spent the summer of 2011 taking a full course load so he could be closer to getting his diploma.
Following the completion of this project, Kreider will need nine more credits to finish his degree.
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.”
Dan Girardi said of Kreider during the playoffs, “he is such a well built human. He has the strength and power to fit in with us in the NHL.”
7:12PM: Kreider tells Pat Leonard of the Daily News that he is ready to play if asked.
6:42PM:Newly signed Ranger Chris Kreider won Boston College’s most improved player award for this season.
Kreider led BC in scoring with 23 goals and 22 assists after he put up 11 goals and 13 assists.
This season Kreider nearly matched his scoring output from his first two years combined, 45 points to 47 points.
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.”
Kreider made similar comments last offseason about what he learned.
In the 13 games that he played for Team USA at the World Championships, Kreider had three goals and two assists.
The World Championships start on May 4th.
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.
via Lazy Defense