Sep 27, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast carries the puck over the blue line during an NHL preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Kings won the game 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers Daily Poll: 4/9/14


Since Chris Kreider‘s hand injury, the New York Rangers have had a few different roster moves. When one of your top line players goes out with an injury late in the season it is imperative that a replacement be found faster than now.

Initially, coach Alain Vigneault tried to use his healthy forwards to fill in the empty space. Musical wingers started as Daniel Carcillo, Derek Dorsett, and even Brian Boyle were rotated through the top six. Even the third line was tampered with to try to get the right fit for the lines.

Mar 2, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly (23) is called for interference against New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) in front of Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

J.T. Miller returned to the Rangers from the Hartford Wolf Pack; that was a mess. He dressed, and played, two games then he was a healthy scratch for two more games before packing his gear for Hartford again. After the transaction, Vigneault was very cut and dry about Miller and his poor performance. The quotes are ugly, and a very clear message was sent. The question becomes, was the message received?

Jesper Fast was called up from Hartford

to try his luck at playing in the NHL again. Fast originally made the team out of training camp over Kreider but was demoted after failing to produce positive numbers. Last night Fast played alongside Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin. He made some truly brilliant plays, set Richards up a few times, matched speeds with Hagelin. He even covered for Raphael Diaz who pinched a little too far at one point.

So today’s question is a very simple one. Who do you like filling in for Kreider until he’s ready for action again? Do you like Fast playing in the NHL again or would you prefer to have Miller back up with the team?

Which player is a better replacement for Chris Kreider while he recovers?

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  • Pivot

    Miller isn’t ready for the show yet Dani! His skill set is there. His hustle on the ice is there. Parts of a career NHL player. However, in the Offensive zone. Watch the Brass-Zuc-Pouliot line and how they form a sort of triangle of support. (That’s what I call it) The puck carrier has 2 forwards & 2 defense to pas to if he gets double teamed. That is as I’m sure you know called puck support. Miller is standing next to the puck carrier asking for the puck when he should be looking for a soft spot in the oppositions coverage.
    In the defensive zone he looks like lucile Ball stuffing chocolate in his shirt instead of watching his check. Then a D picks him up and a player is left open in front.
    I think all that was known when they called him to start the year on The Road. He can work through that.
    What IMO really bothers the team is his lack of work off the ice. I heard he don’t believe in workouts between games or ever. He misses optional skates and it’s not optional for rookies. Miller has to put his arrogance to good use rather than thinking he’s too good to work hard between games and seasons. That is why AV was so perplexed by Miller. Mistakes on the ice can be learned on the fly. Conditioning can’t. You must be ready to devote your time from camp through the playoffs or you will never last in the NHL. Miller is learning that. In Hartford skill alone can make you a star. In the show you are just a “Yo Yo”. Back and forth until he gets it. Maybe he should join Kreider & Richie in Connecticut this offseason to learn work ethic and what hard work is about. Then he will be a solid NHL pivot.

    • http://www.bluelinestation.com/ PuckDani

      I don’t think Miller is ready either. Ironically he played in WJC with John Gibson, who just got his first NHL start in Anaheim the other night. Rumor is that Miller is a bit of a partier, kind of like Seguin… I don’t know first hand, just what I’ve heard from different sources.
      Fast has a more complete game, but it’s kind of expected from a Swede. Even though he missed a big chunk of the season with an injured foot, Fast is dominating the stats percentages for HWP. Conditioning is a problem for many players…