"I don't feel like I'm ready for the NHL," Kreider said. "Another year [at Boston College] can't hurt."
...everytime I hear Kreider talk about staying at BC he says he's not ready for the NHL. Is anyone telling this kid he can play in the AHL? He will be more NHL ready with a year in the AHL than another year with BC.
Here's more from Kreider...
"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."
...how does he know he won't be ready after some time in the minors?
Maybe he actually, you know, wants to finish college?
Let the kid get his degree and then come over to the Whale, he'll be up in NYC before you know it.
And cb1, as you'll note in my post, I raise the point that pursuing an education is a worthwhile endeavor and that I was surprised nobody had considered that.
...I also go on to point out that, "as a Rangers fan", I am disappointed with any choices that benefit him personally at the detriment to his development. I said I see where he's coming from, but my loyalties are the sweater not some prospect.
Good call Acourtz. Rangers officially send Werek to Coyotes for Oscar Lindberg, forward in the Elite League. I'm pretty indifferent as I really know nothing about either, but I have heard several times that Werek is frustratingly inconsistent. I've seen enough of those in blue for one lifetime.
Why is everyone ready to write this kid off? Saying he has no confidence or that he's more intersted in staying in school because he just wants to party? He's probably right; he's not ready for the NHL. To me, it sounds like he's grounded and is making the decisions that are what's best for him as a person.
Like I said he might have a girlfriend. If he wants a college degree he should get that out of the way and say it. Who knows what he wants. In the Canada game he showed that he isn't exactly ready for the pros. Rangers need to make a decision. Trade him now while his trade value is high to get someone good. Or let him stay at BC another year and risk him not coming into the system for another couple years. He might be worth the wait. But probably not as most of these people aren't. I'm not sure if he's the real deal or not.
Sounds to me like he's enjoying being the big man on campus, chasing tail and an living a pretty pressure-free lifestyle. As highly touted as he has been, as soon as he makes the jump the pressure is on. Also, he might genuinely want a college degree, has nobody though about that?
That said, while I understand where he is coming from, as a Ranger fan, I'm not really happy to see it. Its pretty undisputed that if you're not ready for the NHL, the AHL affiliate is a helluva lot better equipped to get you ready than a college program is.
i would trade krieder for a few reasons. 1 he seems like he lacks confidence. 2 if this kid stays at bc i have a feeling he probably breaks a leg and is never the same again. 3 if he has trade value i say pick up the phone and see if we can put a package together to land a guy like rick nash or a stud puck moving d man
It sounds like he wants to go right from college to the pros without spending time in the AHL. Funny thing is he could still spend another year, even another 2 years and still have to spend some time in the AHL. Since from my understanding, college doesn't really prepare you all that well for the pros, certainly not like you would spending time in the AHL.
If he goes to the AHL then there is a high probability that he could wind up being called up. If he feels he isn't ready, I wouldn't rush him. We still have a good nucleus of young players trying to make the roster come the fall, so I don't see the need to rush him if mentally he isn't there yet.
First thought is that you like confidence from the kid, but you have to wonder why he wants to stay at BC so badly. Every kid wants to make it to the pros. Yes, he's not ready for NHL competition, but he can play in the AHL now. Is he afraid? Does he not want to be a Ranger? Sather needs to get to the bottom of this, but be delicate, this kid projects to be a big part of the future.
@ChrisGibson Obviously, he knows himself better than anyone else, but I just wonder how he knows he won't be ready to be called up mid-season? He obviously wants to be a professional hockey player, so isn't signing with an NHL team the next step for him. I don't think another semester of Sociology is going to help his game.
My guess would be that based on his experience playing with NHLer' s and against NHLer's in the worlds and probably talking with a few players prompted his decision. I don't know how far he is from graduating or getting an undergrad degree, so those could also factor in as well. Have to remember that both the AHL and NHL seasons are far longer than collegiate, so that could also be a factor. He might want a school record, who knows? Regardless of his reasons, I'd rather side with patience especially with a player of his caliber, like he said it really couldn't hurt.