According to Jon Lane at NHL.com, Chris Kreider is in the lead for the Calder Trophy at the midseason point.
"...since his Oct. 24 debut, (Kreider) has 11 goals and 24 points with a plus-9 rating in 37 games, five fewer than rookie scoring leader Nathan MacKinnon (14-14-28). Eighteen of his points are either goals or primary assists and 10 of his goals have come in Rangers wins. Playing with three United States Olympians (Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, Ryan Callahan), Kreider's physical nature has been the trendsetter. His 93 hits lead Rangers forwards and rank fourth among rookies."
Kreider is third in rookie points (24), fourth in goals (11), fifth in assists (13) and seventh in plus/minus (+9).
For the rookie leaderboard, click here.
...Kreider's main competition is MacKinnon, Hertl and Krug. Where I think Kreider has a leg up is that he's being counted on to provide scoring for the Rangers, while the other three are able to be complimentary parts on their teams.
...i also feel that Kreider's physical game shows that he's a more well rounded player. If all four players keep up this pace, the winning margin is going to be razor thin.
According to Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record, there was no review or follow-up from the NHL regarding Kreider's boarding major on Fedor Tyutin Monday night, so he won't be suspended.
Here's Kreider on the hit (via New York Post)...
“I pulled up, I didn’t make much contact; I almost came to a complete stop,” Kreider said following Tuesday’s practice. “The next thing I know, he’s down on the ice with some sort of an injury, [Brandon] Dubinsky is throwing punches at me, and I’m out of the game.
“I tried to do the right thing. It was bad luck, I guess. I was surprised at the call,” he said. “I don’t know; should I have pulled up completely?”
Larry Brooks says that the Rangers are believed to be asking the league to rescind the major.
...wait? Shanahan ruling in favor of the Rangers? Quick someone check to see if hell has frozen over.
it seems like Kreider doesn't know how good he is. He's faster, stronger and plays bigger then everyone! who cares about the calder this guy is good enough to carry the whole team. its great that we get to watch him develop LGR!!
Couple other things,
1) the last Calder winner on the Rangers was #2. Wouldn't it be nice if #20 ended up being the the Rangers' homegrown HOFer 2.0...see what I did there ;-) and
2) I love that they say he's in the lead for the Calder, but the reality is that it's a subjective award so we have no idea who the writers will vote for. I thought Mike Piazza was a sure fire HOFer, not so according to the writers. They're a fickle bunch those sports writers. The world needs more Oscar Madisons!
What happens if they rescind the major? A simple stat correction? 5 min less in penalty minutes for Kreider and the team? Is there more or less to it?
Thing he has against him is his age. The other rookies are way younger than him and less experienced in the NHL... Kreider was playing playoffs two years ago ;)
I don't understand why Ulf said it should have been a major penalty. Way to have your player's back.
Out of those 4 players the only one I see having a brighter future than Kreider is McKinnon. Also Hertl is probably out of it because of his injury. And you forgot Nichushkin from the stars who we will get a good look at on friday
My biggest issue with the whole Kreider-Tyutin hit is he, like everyone else, has no idea what he should've done differently. I'm glad he's not getting any discipline but maybe they let him know how to avoid this in the future? Or tell him they talked to the refs and they screwed up the call. (Yeah I know, not happening.) But do something so the kid knows how to act. Cause a couple more of these questionable calls and he's going to end up changing his style (at which point I won't blame him).
Well- as you've mentioned it- Hell IS freezing over: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25648513
I know some have been questionable and others ill-advised, but Kreider is also 4th among all rookies in PIM with 54. Scoring and an edge...I'll take 10 please!!!!
I love Kreider's dry attitude. He's really starting to be more comfortable as an NHL player and acts/plays like he belongs with the big boys.
@TheNYRBlog it hasn't frozen over, but it is a Polar Vortex.
I love Kreider. He is playing the game the "right way" and is one of the more consistent Rangers right now.
@TheNYRBlog gotta love how there wasn't a peep that the league was looking at it other than Brooks who said it was being looked at heavily
Seems that Kreids gets a bunch of these non-call calls.
I don't want him to loose the edge to his game so would rather he keep up what he is doing and hope the officials wake the @#$ up. Hope the coaches are saying not to worry about it.
@TheNYRBlog Good and very good.
@TheNYRBlog And the Rangers have asked the league to rescind the major. They should. Terrible call.
I don't think it's the major they're worried about, I think it's the game misconduct they're trying to rescind. I used to be 2 game misconducts = a 1 game suspension automatically. I'm not sure if that's still the case. Technically, they are not supposed to be used against a player as demonstrating a "history"...technically.
@KAJK27 I think they should also put a little "check" next to the official who gave him the major.... and if an official gets more than three checks a season, back to training he goes or some type of consequence..... We have to hold the quality of our officiating to high standards...
@KAJK27 I think that if you get a few majors that you are more likely to be suspended. It shows a history for the next time something questionable happens. It's kind of like the "permanent record"
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) Season is only half way over.... I think Kreider will get it.... He has a lot of impact and frankly, he is hardly at his physical potential.... after he "manhandled" Phaneuf, I'm sure everyone realized he is a beast.
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) Some things are just bad luck. Short of not hitting, there was nothing Kreider could do differently. Tyutin knew that a hit was coming. If anything could be changed it should be on his part. I know you're not supposed to blame the guy that received the contact anymore, but he does have a responsibility to his own safety.
@shoot_the_goalie Tortorella must feel like a real tool for stunting Kreider's growth because of Tort's Hitler like style... ordering people around, being bossy, acting like a horse's ass, DEMEANING PEOPLE.... yes, you have to be a disciplinarian at times, but you should NEVER DISRESPECT another human being. Tortorella was an expert at being disrespectful to other people and for that, he gets a huge FAIL from me.
@Wallace1 I know that and agree completely. But Kreider's quotes worry me. It sounded like he honestly had no clue why he was thrown (not that I blame him) and that could lead to him playing tentative. I just meant someone needs to tell him something (even if it's he did nothing wrong) just so he doesn't second guess himself in the future.