In the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch writes that the Rangers sniffed around the league to gauge the interest level in Chris Kreider but that “he won’t be going anywhere.”
Garrioch notes that Kreider has 7 points in nine games and is a candidate to be rookie of the year.
Kreider has 2 goals, 2 primary assists and 3 secondary assists. He has 23 shots and 23 hits, 2 PP points and is averaging 17:44 per game.
Garrioch reported last month that the Rangers were looking to try and deal Kreider for a top-six forward. The day of his report, Kreider was called up to the Rangers.
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Adam Rotter: The Rangers have invested a lot of time and effort into developing Chris Kreider and there is no way that they will trade him as he finally starts to scratch the surface of his potential and become a regular top-six forward in the NHL.
When Chris Kreider scored in the first period on Tuesday night, Joe Micheletti said “you talk about deserving a goal, that kid deserves a goal.”
After the game, Dave Maloney said that Kreider has learned how to play and use his strength at the NHL level. Maloney and Micheletti agreed that Kreider was really battling and really competing on the ice.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that Kreider’s four games this season “represent the four best games of his embryonic career. He is playing with a purpose, using his speed, living in the dirty areas of the ice, competing for pucks, going to the front of the net essentially every trip down the ice.
Kreider told Brooks that he doesn’t focus on the negative and the noise surrounding the expectations people have for him as a player. He said that he has a short-term memory and that his entire focus as a hockey player breaks down to doing his job and trying to help the Rangers win.
Through four games, Kreider has a goal, an assist, 9 shots on goal, 15 hits and an average of 18:03 per game.
He has missed the net seven times and has had two of his shots blocked.
While on the ice at 5 on 5, Kreider has been on the ice for 57 shot attempts for and 45 shot attempts against along with 33 shots on goal for and 20 against.
Kreider said on MSG after the game, “The refs said that when they are backing up and I can see them coming it’s their ice and I need to make an effort to get out of the way. Stopping isn’t enough, which makes sense, but I was watching Richie or Brass and I guess it’s on me to know where they are and put it together.”
Dave Maloney said, “does Kreider make contact….there is marginal contact, he dives into his teammate and knocks him over.”
Maloney added, “the defender reaches out first, their is no initiation of contact from Kreider. It was a blown call.”
Brad Richards told the NY Post that the ref told him that the ice belongs to the defenseman and “there’s nothing like that in the rule book.” He said that they made the call because two of their guys collided and fell.”
From the 2013-14 NHL Rule Book, rule 56.1:
“Body position shall be determined as the player skating in front of or beside his opponent, traveling in the same direction. A player who is behind an opponent, who does not have the puck, may not use his stick, body or free hand in order to restrain his opponent, but must skate in order to gain or reestablish his proper position in order to make a check.
A player is allowed the ice he is standing on (body position) and is not required to move in order to let an opponent proceed. A player may “block” the path of an opponent provided he is in front of his opponent and moving in the same direction. Moving laterally and without establishing body position, then making contact with the non-puck carrier is not permitted and will be penalized as interference. A player is always entitled to use his body position to lengthen an opponent’s path to the puck, provided his stick is not utilized (to make himself “bigger” and therefore considerably lengthening the distance his opponent must travel to get where he is going); his free hand is not used and he does not take advantage of his body position to deliver an otherwise illegal check.”
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In his two games since being called up, Chris Kreider has an assist, five shots on goal and nine hits in 18:50 per game.
In addition to his five shots on goal, Kreider has missed the net on three other attempts and is taking his shots from an average of 23.6ft away from the net.
At 5 on 5, while skating with Brad Richards and Derek Stepan, Kreider has been on the ice for 31 shot attempts for and 26 shot attempts against.
Kreider has been on the ice for 20 shots on goal for and 13 shots on goal against.
Alain Vigneault told the NY Post that he has seen Kreider be one of the Rangers top forwards since his call up, “skating, hitting and going to the net” but said that he needs to see Kreider continue to do it.
Kreider told Newsday that he has started to slow his skating down so he doesn’t get too far ahead of the play and can instead time things better. He added that early on, in the preseason and in the past, he was going “a million miles per hour every shift” and trying to do too much rather than doing one simple thing.
Adam Rotter: We will have to see if Kreider can keep this up, but his play the past two games presents maybe the best series of hockey we have seen from Kreider. It’s encouraging to see and it’s hard to believe, since he has been around for a few years now, but Kreider won’t turn 23 until April. He is still really young and right in the middle of the “process” that John Tortorella loved talking about.
In his return to the Rangers lineup, Chris Kreider played a total of 19:18 which was a career high for a non-OT game.
Kreider’s career high was 26-17 in the Rangers 3 OT win over the Capitals in game three of the 2012 playoffs.
He played more than 15 minutes twice during the regular season and playoffs last season. Half of his appearances in the 2012 playoffs were over 15 minutes.
Kreider played 16:47 at even strength and 2:31 on the PP.
He had an assist on Brad Richards’ goal and had two shots on goal and two shots that missed the net. He led the team with six hits and had three takeaways.
Kreider started 5 shifts (35.7%) in the offensive zone, five shifts (35.7%) in the neutral zone and four (28.6%) in the defensive zone.
After skating with Brad Richards and Derek Stepan during practice this week, Chris Kreider said that he wants to play in any role that he can to help the Ranger win.
Kreider said that he is healthy this year, unlike when he first came up last season after the lockout, and that he spent time in Hartford working on playing to his strengths, going to the net and simplifying his game.
Alain Vigneault said that Kreider was called up to fill a role in the top-six and use his size and speed to help create offense. Vigneault said that Kreider was “average” in training camp but looked like a better player when he was him in Hartford last week.
Vigneault said on Tuesday that Kreider shoots the puck as well as any player he has seen and that he brings speed, size and an ability to go to the net hard.
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Brad Richards spoke about Kreider yesterday and how he is growing as a player.
7:49PM: Kreider, when told of Richards comments, told the Daily News that Richards was right and that he was overthinking things too much in the preseason. He said he was thinking of trying to do too much rather than just doing the simple things. He says that he has been working hard but now he needs to work smart and be aware of what he should be doing on the ice.
5:25PM: Derek Stepan told the team’s website “I’ve been around Chris quite a bit during both of our short careers. He has a lot that he can bring to the table for us. I think he is ready to do that. He is really focused and ready to take that step.”
2:37PM: Chris Kreider will play on the opposite wing of Brad Richards tomorrow and Richards spoke about Kreider on Wednesday after practice.
Richards said that the team knows Kreider, that he is big and fast, and Richards hopes that Kreider relaxes and is able to shoot the puck the way that the team knows he can.
“we’ve seen him before. He’s fast and big. Hopefully he relaxes out there, shoots the puck like he can and we help him.”
Richards then said that he spent all of August working out with Kreider and all Kreider talked about was making the team, “he was pretty uptight in the preseason, understandably, he wanted to make the team more than anybody. I haven’t seen too many guys work that hard away from the rink to get ready. He may have pressed a little bit. He really wants it. Sometimes that can get in your way, get your head in the way and things don’t look as smooth as on the ice. He knows he is getting a great opportunity, on the PP, he will get good minutes and he can put that in his mind before the game and help him.”
Richards said that “90%” of the players in the league go through these kinds of growing pains in their career, including Richards, and that this is just a normal progression for a young player.
Alain Vigneault spoke with the media after practice today, his comments, via Rangers Report video, are below:
- On why Chris Krieder was called up, “In talking yesterday with Glen and his staff, we felt we needed to see if Kreids could help us out in our top six. It’s usually an area where we have more offensive players. Both of those young men bring us size and in Kreids case a lot of speed. Hopefully they will be able to help us generate some more offense.”
- On Henrik Lundqvist taking a maintenance day, “he just needed an extra day here. We had five days in between games and we thought it was the right day for him to do it.”
- On the sprints at the end of practice, “anyone who has been around the league knows that if you have three days of practice that first day is going to be more challenging and that is what we did today.”
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A day after being called up, Chris Kreider spoke with the media, via Rangers Report, after today’s practice:
- On his time in Hartford, “We won a lot so it was a lot of fun. Personally I thought I played well and learned a lot. In particular, I focused on simplifying my game, focusing on what I can control and trying to use my strengths, playing my game and figuring out what that was.”
- On seeing the Rangers struggle, “you wanna be able to help and you are close with the guys in the room, but you also need to focus on the situation you are in and help that team win.”
- On staying in one place and being settled, “there is value in that but it’s hockey and the more you play the better you get. Regardless of where I was I was bringing the same attitude to the rink everyday. I’m happy to be playing hockey.”
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The Rangers have announced that Chris Kreider and Brandon Mashinter have been called up.
Kreider has two goals, two assists, a minus one rating, 2 PP goals and 16 shots on goal.
Mashinter has five assists, a plus three rating and 6 shots on goal. He also has 7PIM.
Adam Rotter: With half of the Rangers top six forwards injured and the other half pretty much struggling to score, there is no better time for Chris Kreider to stake claim to a roster spot and hold on to it. He doesn’t have to come in and score 50 goals in the first two games, he just needs to use his skills and play like he has been in Hartford. If he does that and shows he can be effective at the NHL level he will stay with the Rangers. Mashinter provides nice depth on the fourth line and another physical body. To read more of this story, click here