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Chris Kreider Doesn't Think He's Ready For The NHL Yet
Plus Avery's new ad, Brooks Laich a bad fit for NYR, and Brandon Prust joins Twitter

Newsday’s Arthur Staple reports that Chris Kreider feels he isn’t ready for the NHL and will likely return to Boston College next season. 

Here are some of Kreider’s comments:

“’I don't feel like I'm ready for the NHL,’ the Rangers' 2009 first-round draft pick told Newsday by phone from Kosice, Slovakia, where he's playing for the U.S. team in the World Championships. ‘Another year [at Boston College] can't hurt.’”

“Kreider thinks what's best for him is to stay put. ‘The view I take is, if I'm there, I need to be ready and feel confident in my game,’ he said. ‘Whether it's trying to make the team out of camp or being the next guy called up from the minors, I have to be ready or they'll just go with someone else. I don't feel I'm there yet.’”

You can look at this in a couple of different ways.  On the one hand, it may be a good sign that Kreider is a harsh critique of himself and that once he thinks he’s ready for the NHL, he expects to come right in and have an impact.  On the other, Kreider has shown encouraging signs at the World Championships and may be more ready for the next step than he thinks. 

Is this a lack of confidence?  Hard to say, but maybe Kreider will get a better handle of where he’s at when the Rangers hold their annual prospect camp after the draft, assuming he attends.  Last year that camp seemed to convince Ryan McDonagh that he was ready to turn pro, maybe it will do the same for Kreider.


- For those of you on Twitter, Brandon Prust has created an account, @BrandonPrust8.

- In today’s NY Post Larry Brooks advises the Rangers to stay away from pending UFA Brooks Laich Laich is respected around the league and is a good leader, but as Brooks suggests, he’s likely to command a salary in excess of what he deserves given his skill set.  Laich would be a great Ranger, but the team has far too many second and third line players as it is right now.  It seems to me that Laich is destined to be overpaid by a team like the Toronto Maple Leafs, but if the Rangers whiff on Brad Richards, GM Glen Sather might get goaded into making a silly signing.

- In case you missed it yesterday, Sean Avery has a new commercial out in support of marriage equality.  Watch it here.


Posted by Kevin Baumer | May 8, 2011 at 01:53 pm

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