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Could Chris Kreider make his NHL debut tonight with Rangers?

Apr 16, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

Chris Kreider

Rangers coach John Tortorella wouldn’t say who would replace suspended forward Carl Hagelin for tonight’s Game 3 in Ottawa, but it’s possible we’ll see the NHL debut of 20-year-old Chris Kreider.

The other option is big John Scott. And when you consider what happened in Game 2, Tortorella could certainly be tempted to go with toughness over skill.

But NHL.com’s Dave Lozo is speculating that Kreider will indeed be in the lineup, possibly on the second line with Derek Stepan in the middle and Ryan Callahan on the other wing.

But again, that’s just speculation. We’ll confirm once we know for sure.

Kreider was New York’s first-round selection at the 2009 draft and just won a national championship with Boston College.

Last week, he signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers.

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  1. gaborik104life - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Don’t know why he is speculating anything like that when the lines at practice were nothing like that. Also Scott coming in does not make sense as our top lw is out not a 4th liner. Lines at practice had the pack line of (Artie Call, Dubi) back together and Fedetenko moving in to Hags spot, Boyle Prust and Kreider together with Rupp Step and Mitch together. Granted Step will move up but his play of late has been lackluster hence his 4th line positioning. Carkner is out so there is no reason to start Scott. Don’t know why people aren’t being logical about the situation.

    • jkay1818 - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      I agree about you and his speculation. Stepan, its unfortunate because all of this is attributed to that dirty hit by Orpik. I did see though that each locker had a nameplate and Scott had one but not Krieder. Scott is a complete waste of a roster spot. 3:30 of ice time to do nothing. Not one player on that team is going to fight him so it’s useless. Give Krieder a shot and when Hags is back sit Mitchell.

      • barkar942 - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        Well, Scott can come in and jump Karlson for face washing Boyle in the first game, he will get a one game suspension if he doesn’t hurt Karlson, and then if the nonsense continues, he can come back in game 5 and pound on Carkner.

  2. brian32556 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    If we bring in Kreider, we’re taking the high road. If we bring in Scott, its the low road. I’m for Kreider.

  3. 8spokedb - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Krieder is a legit NHL ready prospect. It does kind of sound crazy to throw him in the fire in the middle of a playoff series, but he just won the national championship a week ago in tampa so he has his legs. And it could be the type of move that could give the team a spark. Hes already more talented than a fourth liner like Jon Scott and the rangers have enough toughness and don’t wanna play into ottawa’s hands by gooning it up.

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