Stop me if you have heard this before. The New York Rangers have recalled forward Chris Kreider from their AHL affiliate. Yes, this has happened once again and Kreider is back on the carousel between AHL and NHL.
The Rangers are in desperate need of some offense with all the injuries they are dealing with up front. Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin are all expected to miss multiple games with injuries. The Rangers also recalled Brandon Mashinter to bring some energy to the team, but all the attention is on Kreider. Kreider has been so inconsistent in his time in the NHL that many people are starting to question his status as a top prospect in the Rangers organization.
Kreider was expected to make the team and be a major factor on this team at the start of the season. It just didn’t happen that way. Kreider looked lost at times on the ice and took some bad penalties. He also blew a golden opportunity while he was playing with Nash and Brad Richards on the Rangers’ first line in the preseason.
Kreider had to opportunity to run with it but once again he struggled and couldn’t get the job done. Everyone wants Kreider to do well, and the Rangers need him to do well if they want to stay afloat right now with all of these injuries.
Hopefully Kreider plays well enough to stay on the NHL roster for a while. If he continues to get bounced back between the NHL and AHL, it will hurt him again and he will be a non-factor this season.