BUZZ: @ChrisKreider Doesn’t Think He Is Ready For The NHL

At Newsday, Arthur Staple spoke with 2009 first round pick Chris Kreider who said that he doesn’t think that he is ready to play in the NHL.

“The view I take is, if I’m there, I need to be ready and feel confident in my game,” he said. “Whether it’s trying to make the team out of camp or being the next guy called up from the minors, I have to be ready or they’ll just go with someone else. I don’t feel I’m there yet.”

Kreider has said before that he wants to make an impact when he he turns pro.

BC announced in April that Kreider was coming back for his junior season. The Rangers say that they will respect whatever decision that Kreider makes.

At the World Championships, Kreider has two goals and an assist in five games. He has six penalty minutes and has nine shots on goal. He has averaged 13:41 per game.

I wrote after the first USA game that Kreider didn’t look ready to me. He has the raw skills to be a big player for the Rangers, but another year at BC could do him a lot of good. He hasn’t dominated in the NCAA’s, like Derek Stepan did last year, and he will have a chance as an upper classman to be a leader and go-to-guy for BC.