For a few years now, the New York Rangers have been going through a youth movement that is starting to see some results. Derek Stepan (even though he is currently still a restricted free agent) and Ryan McDonagh are just two prime examples of the Rangers’ youth, emerging as two of the team’s top players.
Another young Rangers prospect that the organization and fans alike would love to see take that next step is winger Chris Kreider.
After a stellar postseason two years ago and a very up-and-down campaign last year, Kreider is expected to break out this season. Unfortunately, that may not happen.
So far, Kreider has been subpar at best this preseason, recording no goals and one assist in three preseason games. He has not been noticeable on the ice at all, at least not for anything positive. The very little time that he has been noticeable has been when he takes a bad penalty. Other than that, he has been largely invisible, something that happened all too often last season.
Have the Rangers yet again overrated a prospect?
I can’t say for sure at this time, but if this preseason is any indication, Kreider may be in for a very disappointing regular season. In a new offensive system under new head coach Alain Vigneault, Kreider will be expected to score at least 20 goals this season to avoid disappointment; right now, I just cannot see 20 goals being a reality for Kreider.
I really hope I am wrong, but he just does not look good out there. Sure, he’s better than Stu Bickel, but nowhere near the expectations that he will have to carry this 2013-14 season.
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