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Rangers Continue To Wait For Chris Kreider

from Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal,

Glen Sather had already spent more than two and a half years waiting for Chris Kreider, and as Sather pressed a phone to his ear and prepared to speak to a national television audience, Kreider made him wait a few minutes more.

The Rangers’ president and general manager was poised for an interview during the CBS Sports Network broadcast of a recent men’s ice hockey game between Boston College and Vermont. But the interview couldn’t begin at its scheduled moment—six minutes into the second period—because Kreider had just put the puck into the Vermont net for his 20th goal of the season.

Once play resumed, Sather again failed to answer a familiar question: Will Kreider, the Rangers’ first-round draft pick in 2009, join the team in time for this year’s playoffs? “Whether he’s going to play immediately,” Sather said, “is going to be up to him.”

A 6-feet-3-inch, 225-pound junior forward, Kreider has become the J.D. Salinger of college hockey since enrolling at Boston College, eschewing the opportunity to enter the NHL immediately to instead sequester himself on this campus a few miles west of downtown Boston. After each of Kreider’s previous seasons with the Eagles, the Rangers recommended that he turn pro. He declined. Now, with the Rangers atop the Eastern Conference, Kreider has an entire NHL organization and its fan base wondering whether he’ll begin his career with the Rangers this spring or return to BC for his senior season.

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Primis's avatar

I don’t really care for the tone of the article.  It seems to want to subtly demonize the kid.  He’s a kid.  He maybe wanted a couple of years to still be that at college, a kid having fun.  Maybe he promised his parents he’d complete a certain amount of college before going pro, so he could then finish off a degree over the next few years he’s pro, especially since (as the article points out) he never even considered D1 hockey at one point, let alone being drafted… let alone being a highly-touted prospect.

Or maybe he’s just not ready.

That’s the thing though, we criticize these kids all the time for turning pro at a young age and not being ready (still waiting for Patrick Kane to grow up sometime, for example)... and yet then turn around and put pressure on a kid because he won’t turn pro as soon as someone would like.

Leave the kid be.

Posted by Primis on 03/12/12 at 11:18 AM ET

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I agree…Peyton Manning stayed at Tennessee as long as he could and look at how well that panned out for his development. Let the kid be. Even if he suits up this year he may not be ready to adjust to the speed of the NHL game and the physical force of playing against grown men every night instead of college kids. He’s a big fish in a big pond, but we are talking about throwing him into a shark tank.

I can’t think of anything worse than for him to not quite be ready to adjust and get hurt because he puts his dead down crossing the blue line or doesn’t protect himself against the boards and never reach his potential. Those a real possibilities and real lessons of the game that take time to learn Eric Lindros never learned them.

Posted by Michael on 03/12/12 at 02:12 PM ET

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i’ll 3rd that. he’s making friends he’ll have the rest of his life now. the nhl will always be there.

Posted by Ron from MD on 03/12/12 at 08:30 PM ET

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