3. Chris Kreider to the Third Line
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault loves to change his lines, but he has refused to make one necessary change. Chris Kreider, who has been wildly ineffective and very much uninvolved for much of the playoffs, must be “demoted” to a lower spot in the lineup. Luckily for the Rangers, this demotion is a sign of an overall good situation.
One of this team’s biggest strengths throughout the regular season was their depth at the forward position. When the Rangers are effectively rolling four lines against their opponent, there are very few teams that have the speed and defense to keep up. Putting Chris Kreider on a lower line would make the most sense.
Perhaps a spot alongside Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller, who are both struggling to produce points, would be best for the trio to find their groove. With a combination of size, speed, and determination, this line could prove to be valuable should the Rangers extend their Stanley Cup run. Whatever line it may be, the Rangers’ regular season goal-leader must be scoring in order to keep their championship hopes alive.