kreider will be fine. he has size, speed, a great shot, he scores a lot of goals to the blocker side, that's why he kept shooting for it. the kid is engaged, playing physically, flaying all over the ice. he had 5 or 6 chances tonight. jeez. the goals will come i think some of you are just being way to hard on the guy. if he doesn 't walk on water he is no good. pen shots, break always, while he gains experience from having these situations he will gain confidence and techniques, moves etc to handle every different situation. you guys forget he is still a puppy. its a learning PROCESS. all i know is if this is the level of play that the guy is going to bring to the rink night in and night out then NYR has one hell of a player going forward. patience is a virtue.
i agree, just saying. Usually some people here said it was Torts who caused Kreiders failure last year
Why are we going back to last year? Kreider was less expereinced and less comfortable than he is now. I dont care if it was Torts fault or not. the imporant thing is that kreider has been consistently good all season. He has been a bit snakebitten but every player goes through stretches like that. im impressed taht he hasnt let that effect his play in other areas and he still racks up points, the goals will come
Why are we going back to last year? Kreider was less expereinced and less comfortable than he is now. I dont care if it was Tirts fault or not. the imporant thing is that kreider has been consistently good all season. He has been a bit snakebitten but every player goes through stretches like that. im impressed taht he hasnt let that effect his play in other areas and he still racks up points, the goals will come
Kreider's size and speed are intimidating teams. It's very hard for a defenseman to keep good gap control if he's coming out of his own end or the neutral zone with speed which he's doing quite often every game--his size and strength just accentuates the problem for a defense. Hagelin doesn't have the size, strength factor but his speed is a problem too and his mobility in transitioning laterally and backwards gives him his skating an extra edge.
That was one of the best games I've seen Kreider play since he was at BC. Yes, he failed to capitalize on chances, but to generate that many opportunities against one of the biggest, stingiest defensive teams in the league was very impressive.
Once he loosens up, he'll start burying chances. It's only a matter of time.
A couple of times in every game, Kreider comes streaking down the wing on a routine zone entry and gets a couple steps on the defense for a clear shot. You just don't see players consistently beating defensemen like that.
He is playing great and barring injury will be a player in the NHL for a long time . The question is will he be an Erik Cole pernnial 25-30 goal guy or Jason Chimera another big body great skating guy with not much touch .
As for his shot he's really trying to load it up and bend his stick and blow it by goalies . What he should do is be trying to shoot like Jagr and Gaborik used to snap it quick hands high and out in front of them and surprise goalies and hit spots . CK isn't powering it through top NHL goalies . He needs to beat them other ways
All I ever heard the detractors say about Kreider was "great speed and shot, but no hockey sense". Now that he's showing that latter in spades, suddenly his finishing ability is in question. It's always something, I guess.
Kreider is 3rd on the team in assists and only 1 behind Stepan and Richards for the lead. This is despite him playing 7 less games than them. Kreider's play this year is the most important thing thats happened to the Rangers imo. He looks like he can be a legit 1st line forward going forward.