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Chris Kreider far from a lock to make NY Rangers roster despite breakout performance during 2012 playoffs

By Pat Leonard / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 1:12 AM

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“He’s still young, a kid that came in and played some really good games and then was God awful in some games during the playoffs,” said Tortorella, who noted that Kreider has practiced “very well” this week. “He has the gift of skating, he’s a big strong kid.… To get on the ice, you’ve got to help yourself and help the team defensively. You can’t hurt them. And that makes me feel more comfortable to get him on the ice.”

Kreider said that’s exactly what he worked on while playing for the Connecticut Whale during the lockout: “to show them that I can be defensively reliable.” His numbers in 33 games with the Rangers’ AHL affiliate (5 goals, 7 assists, 55 PIM) were underwhelming, but he prioritized his work in his own zone.

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