Brooks says that JT Miller may have eclipsed Kreider with better preseason performances and that Jesper Fast and Marek Hrivik have had better camps.
He says that Darroll Powe has played his way onto the team and that Arron Asham has been impressive and shown the value he can bring.
In his post game comments last night, Alain Vigneault said that he feels there are a lot of players that are “close” but that haven’t shown they can play at the NHL level on a consistent basis.”
Kreider’s cap hit is $1.325 million. He is in the final year of his contract and will then be an RFA.
Adam Rotter: Kreider, like most everyone else on the roster, has had moments in the preseason but nothing in the way of taking control and locking down his spot. He was given as big an opportunity as anyone to start, playing with Rick Nash and Brad Richards, but they sputtered along, were broken up and Nash wasn’t even with Richards last night. He looked nice with JT Miller against the Oilers, but that may have been more about Miller’s strong play and Kreider benefiting from that. Kreider should be in the lineup tonight against the Kings and my gut says he will start the season with the Rangers but there will probably be a quick leash to send him down if he doesn’t produce and someone in Hartford starts to.