Prior to Tuesday's contest with the Devils at The Prudential Center, Rangers head coach John Tortorella met with the media, and fielded several questions about red-hot top prospect Chris Kreider, who has scored six goals and totaled seven points in eight games since being sent down to the minor leagues by the team.
Tortorella was extremely enthusiastic in discussing Kreider's play of late.
"The reports are good, we are getting good reports on him," Tortorella said of the Rangers top pick in the 2009 draft. "There are some things he still needs to work on. It certainly is in our discussion, as are a number of other people. We'll see where it goes. We rely a lot on the communication with Kenny (Gernander, the Connecticut Whale head coach). So we'll see. We don't want to keep knee-jerking him back and forth. We want to make sure that if we do (bring him back up) that he is ready to play."
Kreider had one goal and two points in 11 games with the Rangers after starting the season in the AHL during the NHL work stoppage. He has now upped his goal total to 11 with the Whale this season with his recent outburst, his best offensive play of the season.
"We're dying to get a guy who's six-foot-three, six-foot-four, who can skate like hell into our lineup," explained Tortorella. "But we're not going to do it at the expense of him, and hurting him as far as his development."
Kreider's recent goal-scoring splurge has come at a time that the Rangers are struggling to score goals. The Blueshirts have netted just three goals in their last four games entering play on Tuesday.
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