Chris Kreider made his debut last season in the playoffs and let’s just say he left the fans wanting more. He scored a NHL record 5 goals in the playoffs without having played a regular season game. That’s pretty impressive he has never played a preseason game, let alone attend a NHL training camp.
Now Rangers fans crave Kreider, and have expectations that he’ll score 30 goals next season. Let me just say that’d be great if he did it, but I don’t expect it. I’d say 20 goals would be a good start and anything more than that would be a bonus. That is depending there is an 82 game season next year. Be sure to keep your fingers crossed on that one.
Kreider will be stepping into his first full NHL season and this isn’t college. Kreider played in 44 games for Boston College last year. That’s a far cry from 82 regular season games, and that doesn’t even include potential playoff games. It’s a long season and conditioning is something that he’ll need. A perfect example of players burning out towards the end of the season are Derek Stepan, Brian Boyle, and even Carl Hagelin a bit. They weren’t used to playing so many games, and the games only got harder as they went along.
I’m sure the Rangers organization have their own expectations for Kreider, but it’s important for fans to not get angry if Kreider isn’t scoring a goal a game. It’s exciting to have a great young player like Kreider, but every young player like him deserves patience. I think Kreider has earned that patience.
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