Monday, February 18, 2013
By Luke Lapinski
Chris Kreider has been bouncing around a lot lately. The highly touted rookie has just one goal in seven games for New York so far this season, and was sent down to Connecticut of the AHL on Friday -- only to be called back up on Saturday. Now, he may stick with the Rangers a little while longer.
Kreider was originally recalled just in case Rick Nash couldn't go yesterday, but the former All-Star was able to play over 22 minutes and even chipped in an assist in the club's win over Washington. That may have set the stage for Kreider to head back down again, except Darroll Powe suffered an injury in Sunday's game and his status going forward is uncertain. According to the Bergen Record, that likely means Kreider will have to hang around a little while longer until the team knows more about Powe. If Kreider finds his way back into the lineup and produces, maybe he can extend his stay. Ultimately though, the organization is going to want to put him in the situation where he'll get the most ice time. His upside is immense, but he's still just 21 years of age. If going to Connecticut and playing more means he's able to get back on track and develop his game more quickly, that may be where he ends up for a little while.