The Rangers need to find that player before he comes the highly desired commodity. They drafted Kreider when he was a bunch of raw, untapped potential. Now he's in line for a potential Calder and is virtually untouchable. The team needs to do the leg work and find a kid who is ready to take that next big step. Boston did it with the Seguin deal. They landed a good player in Eriksson, but the real gem in that deal is Smith. 9 points in 37 NHL games before the trade and now look at him.
Find a Kreider-type of player who is the Kreider of last year, not the one we see breaking out this year.
They don't grow on trees. A big guy like him who can skate like a wind and score goals...
Exactly Kreider is very rare and the scary thing is that he hanst even reached his potential yet
If he skates hard and played with full effort every shift, you'd hear his name being mentioned for the Olympics instead of 2011 2nd round pick Brandon Saad.
Saad is similar to Kreider except he doesn't have the elite level wheels. One is a hungry kid who knows nothing other than hockey and a Stanley Cup champion. The other is a millennial 3rd year pro rookie whose potential has been hyped for 5 years.
The difference is hunger. Hell even Benoit Pouliot is showing more hunger than Chris (although it took him several teams and years.. and the prospect of not being an NHL player to motivate him).
The way Kreider played to not get sent down is the way he should play every game. During the Lockout 3.0 I watched HFD live a ton of times. The team wasn't great, but the what stood out was how little energy Chris displayed.
Chris won't match his gifts until his effort level catches up on the ice (being a workout warrior is just a part of it). It's time for Chris to stop being a little daddy's boy and grow up and play like a real man.