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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  • Pivot

    Kreider was the Magician in the 11/12 playoffs. I know players and coaches alike are superstitious but in AV’s case playing Kreider will have little to do with luck. He had a monster playoffs as a 19 year old kid days from leaving home and college he was thrust into a pressure cooker in the Ottawa series game 3. He plays at a different speed and seems to use everything between his ears more. He’s focused and likely running on adrenaline. Hey, whatever works. For some that adrenaline makes them choke. For Kreider he thrives and unless Fast scores a point per game before Kreider returns. My guess is that Kreiders playoff history and his play this season get him in the lineup.
    It’d be great if Fast were to play real well in the playoffs too. It makes for some healthy competition for playing time and depth in the event of an injury. Depth got Boston to the finals last year. They lost 1/2 there starting defenseman. The remaining 3 D were paired with Rookies that never played an NHL game and they all thrived. The little kid Krug killed the Rangers from the point.
    Every team that wins the cup has 3 things. Depth-Youth-Veterans. Goaltending is a must as well but I don’t put Crawford in with the elite goalies in the NHL and he won. The team played great in front of him and got scoring from all over the lineup.

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

      I think Kreider was riding a high from everything that was going on at the time so that’s why he played on a different level. He hasn’t been able to stay at the level and he takes some REALLY stupid penalties at the worst possible times. It’s so frustrating!