While talking about Chris Kreider at the start of training camp, Alain Vigneault said that it's his job as a coach to get Kreider to play the way he did in the third period against Ottawa in Game 6.
Vigneault said that Kreider has improved and become a "real important player" on the Rangers and said he was a "beast, maybe the best player on the ice" in that third period of Game 6 against Ottawa.
He added that Kreider is "not a kid anymore, it's his turn now and he has to become a real good voice in our room, a great example fitness wise off the ice. We expect more from him and I know we are going to get it."
Vigneault said on 9/20 that Kreider is a leader with how he trains and prepares to play and added "there are no excuses, it's those guys time to take a bigger role in our dressing room."
Kreider said that he took less time off than normal this summer and got into the gym "a lot earlier." (NYR)
He said that he feels he has gotten better every year and that his goal is to continue to get to the net. Kreider said that he has added some "wrinkles" to what he does in front of the net and that each year there is more emphasis on "getting to the paint and staying there." (NYR)
Adam Rotter: Kreider had his best season last year but that one 20 minute stretch in Game 6 showed just how much more ability he has. If the Rangers got third period Chris Kreider 82 games a year they would have one of the best players in the league and a legit MVP candidate. Surely the Rangers would be thrilled with that but I think they would also accept somewhere in between where he was last year and where he was in that third period. Kreider can be an All-Star and would have been in the running for Team USA if the NHL were allowing players to go in February.