The New York Rangers made a roster move to send someone down to Hartford. No, it wasn’t J.T. Miller (at least not yet). The Rangers sent down Chris Kreider instead to the AHL. The Rangers have until Sunday before their game with the Washington Capitals to decide whether or not to send Miller down.
Krieder was brought on for the Rangers right before the Stanley Cup playoffs last season. Kreider had seven points in 18 games during the Rangers playoff run last year. That success hasn’t translated into anything this season though. Kreider has only two points in seven games played and was a healthy scratch last night when Brian Boyle returned to the lineup for the first time in four games.
Krieder is just 21 years old, so he certainly has some time to develop his skills and maybe some time in Hartford will serve him well. Kreider may never be Sidney Crosby, but he has the talent to be an effective NHL forward looking ahead.
Miller saw a season low of ice time last night with just 9:41. It’s entirely possible that before Sunday’s game, Miller will join Kreider down in the AHL. Miller and Kreider could be paired down there like they were a little bit with the Rangers to let them develop together.
This won’t be the last the Rangers see of Kreider, probably not even this year. If he’s productive and works on his game with Hartford, and an injury comes up or someone becomes unproductive, I don’t think the club will hesitate to re-call him.