"We're fine with it, and we have kids in the minors as well. And we have some other people that are gonna probably turn pro at the end of the school year."
...whoever could Sather be talking about? Assuming not 2007 draft pick Danny Hobbs who is currently a senior year at UMass.
...now turning pro also means playing in the AHL, so this doesn't necessarily mean Kreider will be wearing a Rangers uniform in April.
...Kreider better pan out because the Rangers basically gave up on Nash because of him. No pressure kid.
Jess Rubenstein at The Prospect Park doesn't expect the Rangers to use a year of Kreider's entry level contract on just the playoffs because its way too risky if he's not ready.
Instead, Rubenstein thinks they'll sign Kreider to an ATO (amateur tryout contract) and as Carl Hagelin did last season, play in the AHL playoffs with the Whale.
Kreider has 19g, 17a in 34 games this season.
@TheNYRBlog You know that. Can slats hint to us anymore without actually saying it. Let's hope BC gets knocked out quickly.
he won't see action with the Rangers unless there's an injury to a top 6 forward AND he tears it up for a few games in CT first
I think like everyone else, I really wanna see this guy in a blue shirt that doesn't say USA on the front. But by the same token I have apprehension about burning the year off his contract. I think you only use him on the big club out of necessity. I have Wilkes-Barre Penguins tickets for when the whalepack roll through so I wouldn't hate to see him in person either. Either way this kid is gonna be something to watch for years to come.
I really dont think it would be a bad idea to bring him up on the 3rd/4th line. Rupp/Fedotenko/Mitchell are expendable. Plus those lines arent exactly seeing the most time anyway, so couldnt hurt just to get his feet wet.
@TheNYRBlog that's interesting for Slats to say that when Torts said to you guys " don't rush him"(Kreider)
@TheNYRBlog I hope Slats went to him and said "you're with us this year or on your way to Columbus."
@TheNYRBlog I thought the same thing after listening to Sather. I wonder if they would play him on varsity and burn up year 1 if signed.
@ATCRyan He also has experience playing with NHLers from his time on USA World team.
@Sioux_per_man Tough call for sure. I think he ends up with the Whale to prep him for next season. Did wonders for Hagelin last year.
@KevinDeLury @ATCRyan ya I love the fact the him and stepan already have won a championship together! I believe they were linemates aswell...could be wrong though.