General Manager Glen Sather alluded to players coming out of college to step up to play for the Rangers during his press conference after trade deadline yesterday. The Rangers have four prospects currently playing in the NCAA and the only person that Sather could have possibly been referring to is Chris Kreider. I’m not trying to bag on the other three prospects, but Kreider is the only one that could make the Rangers line up as it is.
Clearly losing out on the Rick Nash’s sweepstakes, this was Glen Sather’s plan B. While it’s not that great to bank everything on a kid just coming out of college, Kreider may be that good that he can step into the Rangers line up without too much difficulty. The 6’2 205 pound power forward, might just give the Rangers what they are looking for.
We all saw the difference in possession numbers and advanced stats when Carl Hagelin joined the line up to go along with Hagelin’s amazing speed. Allegedly, Kreider is faster than Hagelin which is unbelievable being Hagelin is one of the fastest players in the NHL. Which brings me to my point. Even if Kreider’s numbers offensively aren’t all there if he joins the big club, his speed and size can easily create matchup problems for every team in the post season. Yes the Rangers would be burning a year off his Entry Level Contract, but if they believe with his addition to lineup come playoff will increase their chances of success, then their is no reason not to play him.
The Rangers have a shot to go deep this year in the postseason and I think burning a year off of Kreider’s is a better option than what the Rangers tried to do at the deadline. That would have hurt more down the road than signing Kreider. It’s time the Rangers find out how good Kreider really is.
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