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Chris Kreider to get look on Rangers top line

Oct 22, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

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Chris Kreider was playing in the American Hockey League just three days ago. He now appears to be getting a look on the New York Rangers’ top line.

As per Andrew Gross of, Kreider, who had four points in six games with the Hartford Wolf Pack before being recalled to New York, skated on a line with Brad Richards and Derek Stepan at practice.

The Rangers had also recalled forward Brandon Mashinter and goaltender Cam Talbot.

“In talking after the game yesterday with Glen and his staff we just felt we needed to see if Kreids could help us out in our top six spot, which is usually an area where you have more offensive players,” Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said.

“Both those young men bring us size and in Kreids case a lot of speed. We’re hoping they’re going to be able to help us generate a little more offense.”

Kreider, 22, got his first break in the NHL with the Rangers during the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. He had five goals and seven points in 18 games that year.

In 23 regular season games with the Rangers in the 2013 regular season, Kreider scored twice and had three points. He then appeared in eight playoff games, with two points.

  1. barkar942 - Oct 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Kreider needs time to develop properly. He was thrown in to an intense playoff series, scored some big goals and made horrific mistakes that gave up goals. Last year with no real training camp, he really was once again “thrown to the wolves” without the proper pre-season. Got bounced back and forth to the AHL because he really needs to learn more. The NHL is a huge step up from college hockey, and he needs time at the AHL level to grow confidence in his game and mature as a player to be able to play both ends.
    Unfortunately, the Rangers are currently missing one complete line out of their top two, and they need him here, but I still feel he would be much better suited to spend most of the year in Hartford.
    Also, I was wondering if Marty Biron’s absence at the beginning of camp might have had something to do with his retirement. This article seems to confirm that fact.

  2. xdj511 - Oct 22, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    I watched him play in college (I would never watch college hockey except for knowing that a top Rangers prospect like Kreider was in the game) and he was dominant. He has done very well in his time in the AHL and he should be able to take the next step if the new regime will let him play and stop messing with him. With the injuries the Rangers really don’t have another choice right now but to put him out there and see what he can do.

    The day that Biron was waived I said that I wonder if it had anything to do with him reporting late to camp with personal issues. I don’t need to know, really. Let him go and get on with his life.

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