Chris Kreider Is X-Factor For New York Rangers in 2013-14

Chris Kreider

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New York Rangers fans were scratching their heads all season long wondering why Chris Kreider wasn’t getting a shot to play. Clearly, former coach John Tortorella either didn’t trust him or just did not like his style of play, so Kreider became an afterthought. Well, now that Tortorella is gone, all eyes are on Kreider and rightly so.

The talented power forward is going to play this year — make no mistake about it. There is going to be pressure on the Rangers and, again, rightly so. After a season that started with so much hype and ended so bitterly, the fans are once again putting the pressure on the team to win it all. The one thing the Rangers were lacking in 2012 was depth. If Kreider plays the way he is capable of, it will help the Rangers’ depth immensely.

Everyone remembers how Kreider flew onto the scene during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He registered five goals and two assists for seven points in 18 games. Two of those goals were game winners. Kreider did this without playing in a single regular season game. When given the opportunity to play with Rick Nash and Derick Brassard in the playoffs this year, he scored another incredible goal in overtime against the Boston Bruins.

If Kreider steps up his play, he will become one of the most feared power forwards in the game. For a guy who is 6-foot-3 and 226 pounds, he is an incredibly fast skater. Take into account that he will be featured as top-six forward in a system that will show off his amazing talent, and Kreider will be poised for a breakout year. Expect him to score at least 20-25 goals and register close to 60 points.

The Rangers are once again expected to make a deep playoff run. If Kreider can live up to all his hype, expect to see the Rangers playing into late May and early June.

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  • zuccsaga36

    Mr author sir what drugs are you on. Krieder didn’t play last season because Krieder was terrible. No fan was scratching there head about Krieder because he was terrible. Did nothin but hurt the club didñt light up the Ahl either. But mr author man is going to tell everyone Krieder is amazing and should of played all last season lmao. Pipe dreams. Hope krieders more prepared for nhl season

    • Brandon Fitzpatrick

      Making the change from college to the NHL is hard enough without having a training camp and a shortened season. My point here is the kid didn’t get many chances to show himself. He had 3 or 4 bad games early in the year and was banished. He is a player that needs to play in order to get better and by play i mean play in the NHL. For a team that struggled to score goals you think they would put a player with insane offensive ability in the lineup. And no drugs here pal.

      • zuccsaga36

        Well he proved last night he’s still not ready for the NHL

        • Mike Fiermonti

          Its Amazing that after 1 Preseason game you come up with this conclusion , you just continue to prove your ignorance ! hahahaha Good Job :)

          • zuccsaga36

            No what’s amazing is he’s still lost defensively but wait you said krieders the next Rick Nash. Lmao bro your a tool and have no clue what your watching thanks for proving that agin and again

          • Mike Fiermonti

            Okay TROLL !

          • zuccsaga36

            You sure are and your dumb

      • zuccsaga36

        3-4 bad games lmao he was lost out there guy. Was sent down for very good reason and that reason could 100% keep him from making the team out of camp and he’s not even close to being ready for top six mins. I want this kid here in the worst way but its more important that he developed his game the right way for long term success you can not rush a rookie of his caliber

        • Brandon Fitzpatrick

          Well the fact is he is going to be on the opening day roster just due to the fact that Callahan and Hagelin won’t be ready. So as fans of the team we should both hope you are wrong about him not being close to ready.

          • zuccsaga36

            Defensive game worries me