Pete Hindle at the Examiner reports that even if the NHL season is saved, the Rangers will keep Chris Kreider on the CT Whale until his play improves.
...got to say this is shocking to me. Sure he's struggled this year, but he's played with inferior talent with the Whale. It's not like you can compare the skills of Richards, Gaborik and Callahan to Thomas, Kolarik and Hrivik.
...hope this isn't true.
Speaking of the Whale, JT Miller scored two goals as they defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4-2 last night. Here's video of MIller's two goals (2:20 & 3:00 marks)...
...holy crap that second goal was sweet. Miller hasn't exactly lit it up this season, so hopefully this two goal night will have him headed in the right direction before he leaves for World Junior Championships in a few weeks.
That's a shocker; so his play now versus the playoffs has dropped? I don't believe his play off performance was an accident.
Ok...Thanks....just wanted to make sure.....Just hope that the Rangers come to their senses...after the way he played in the playoffs it should b his job to lose
That's just crazy. Went to the Whale game last saturday against Syracuse, and you can see that this kid is just too talented for the AHL. He needs to play with NHL level talent to excell.
What's the adage in Pro Sports: "Good players play to the level of those around them, great players bring those around them up to their level"?
This kid single handedly ran over college teams at BC, regardless of the skill of those around him, he played up to his potential.
Torts said last year that Kreider was in the playoff line-up because he could score. Torts didn't want to over expose him or put him in a position to fail, but he got to play because he put the puck in the net. But he also had concerns with his ability to play away from the puck, and even though he got better as the playoffs went on, that didn't mean he was guaranteed a roster spot this season.
Bottom line is there are no free passes in this organization. The CT coaches have done an amazing job prepping these young guys for the NHL, and specifically for the Rangers. If there are players in CT outplaying Kreider, they deserve first crack at an NHL roster spot.
Have to disagree, Despite the lesser quality players there's a heck of a lot of NHLers playing in AHL right now, also its a good league with plenty of 4th liner journeyman NHL level players on every team.Its not easy even if you are playing with superior linemates. Krieder will earn his goals here and it will help him.Keep him there until he's gonna be consistent all season in NHL
where's this info coming from....Can't see that happening after the way he played in the playoffs.....The talent around him will b better in the NHL and he'll feed off that
I wouldn't be worried about it. But I think his struggles are more between the ears. He's too worried about having to dominate in the AHL. I think if you put him back in the NHL he'll relax being around better talent and not having to be the man.
Agree with @TheWrage. Kreider should be leading this team in scoring or at least be playing on the first line. I'm pretty sure he's been on the second until last night. (Side note: Sounded like he had a good game but still couldn't get on the scoresheet.) If he's having trouble at this level, there is no way he is ready for NHL. Honestly, I'm not worried. Remember when McDonagh got sent down to the AHL for three months to start his pro career? Yeah, didn't think so lol.
Bad move?? Why? You can't be good in one or two games, even these games being crucial ones, then do nothing for the rest of the year.. He has to earn it everyday.. Too bad if he had taken his spot in the NY Rangers roster for granted..
$%#$$%^$$^%!!!!!!!!! Kreider's play IMPROVES when the players/lines around him improve, guess they forgot about the plyoffs last season, and the bigger the stage for this kid, the better he plays, bad move in my opinion.
I actually agree with Hindle here. Sure, Kreider excelled in the playoffs last year, but he's still a rookie and still unproven. I'd like to see him start dominating against the inferior talent he plays with and earn, not be given, the right to play on the Rangers if/when the season starts.