Mar 14, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal during the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers Chris Kreider: Player Report Card

Player Name:

Chris Kreider #20

Position:

 Forward- Left Wing

Personal Stats:

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 226lbs

Shoots: Left

Season Numbers:

Games Played: 66

Points: 37

Goals: 17

Assists: 20

Shots on Goal: 136

Hits: 146

Blocked Shots: 18

Penalties In Minutes (PIM): 72

Average Time On Ice (TOI): 15:42

Strengths:

The New York Rangers  found a fast, young, kid who is solid and can take the body. Kreider isn’t afraid to shoot the puck or drive the net. He uses his speed to win races to the puck and his size helps him win battles against the boards. He seemed to be a front-runner for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the best rookie in the league, but has not continued his early success. He is big enough to be a fighter, ask Dion Phaneuf, but smart enough to know his hands are too valuable to risk hurting.

Weaknesses:

Kreider has a very bad habit of taking stupid penalties at the most inopportune moment; like the last two minutes of a tie game, for example.  He has to stop getting drawn in by opposing players. The league veterans know he will fall for their tricks and they use it against him.

Post Season Prediction:

Once Kreider returns to the line-up, he should be ready to go full speed ahead. The question is, will the Rangers sit Jesper Fast in order to play Kreider again? Fast made the team out of training camp while Kreider was returned to the minors. After a few weeks they switched places. Kreider will have to work hard to regain his spot in the line-up from Fast. Though a technical rookie, Kreider has to step up and play like more than a rookie; unless he is angling for rookie luck.

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