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Kreider highlights list of Rangers’ final cuts

Sep 29, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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A change of coaches hasn’t helped Chris Kreider‘s status with the New York Rangers.

The former Boston College standout was one of seven players sent to the AHL as they get the roster cut down for opening day. Kreider had his struggles last season with former coach John Tortorella. Now with Alain Vigneault at the helm he had an opportunity to show the new boss what he had.

Apparently what he showed wasn’t good enough and fellow youngsters Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller are cracking the opening night roster instead.

Joining Kreider on the cut list are forwards Darroll Powe, Brandon Mashinter, Marek Hrivik, and Oscar Lindberg. Defensemen Stu Bickel and Connor Allen were also sent to AHL Hartford.

For Kreider he’ll need to get focused in the minors to get back to Manhattan. After arriving on the scene in a big way two playoffs ago, the talent is there, it just has to be harnessed.

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Remember when Ranger fans were telling people that Keider was one of the leagues best rookies, that he was untouchable in any Nash trade….? lol ya

    • stakex - Sep 29, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      Just because he’s starting the year in the AHL doesn’t mean he won’t still turn into a top player. The guy has shown, albeit in limited flashes, an ability to be a standout player. He just needs to learn more of a complete game at the pro level.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Sep 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        Top player? I’d be more looking towards solid NHL player. The way some were gushing it was as if they were 100% sure he was a top 6 forward. Now a second coach and staff has passed on him making the big club.

        Kreider is looking more and more like a 3 liner, which isn’t bad, all clubs need him, it’s just amusing to see the reality that he’s wasn’t and isn’t and huge piece of the Rangers future, and the idea that he was untouchable is laughable.

        Again, I’m not burying him as some sorta bust, he just was never a TOP rookie in the NHL.

      • stakex - Sep 29, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        I think you read too much into him not making the team this year though. It doesn’t mean the coaching staff is passing on him, it could be they feel he needs more development time. I mean its very possible he never will put it all together and be a top player. It happens all the time… a top prospect hits the NHL and flames out. That could certainly be the case here, but its a little early to make a firm call on Kreider. Given his skill set, and size, it was never a surprise how hyped he was however.

        You know what I do remember though? All the Rangers fans and reporters that bashed Torts for not using Kreider more last year. That move alone gave Torts rap for being bad for young players…. and now AV doesn’t even give Kreider a shot. Where is the fan outrage this time around?

      • nicknyhc - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:02 AM

        imnotyourbuddyguy: How was Kreider never a top rookie in the NHL?

        He hasn’t played a full year yet. He’s STILL a rookie. How can you write off a player as a mediocre rookie when he hasn’t even played his rookie year?

      • bbk1000 - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        imnotyourbuddyguy obviously didn’t understand what this “cut” meant when he started pounding the keyboard….

        This kid only signed 18 months ago…he’ll be fine….

  2. gaborik104life - Sep 29, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Not all rangers fans but I digress. Hes 22 6’3 220lbs meaning he has the tools.He has less than 50 games played in the NHL with the majority being in the playoffs meaning tougher competition is hardly a large enough size for the “lol ya”. He didn’t look good in the preseason which explains the demotion. The time in the AHL will help. Also if you look at the rags roster there really is no spot for him so take it easy there.

  3. ragsrus - Sep 29, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Boots laugh at trolls that hate on the Rangers when their own teams are such garbage.

  4. withseidelinn - Sep 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    He’ll be a great player but man was he overhyped.

  5. nicknyhc - Sep 30, 2013 at 4:59 AM

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