With Chris Kreider playing well down in the AHL, the Rangers have discussed recalling the speedy winger, coach John Tortorella said before Tuesday's Rangers-Devils game. The team is still reluctant of rushing the youngster, however, and is weighing the best course of action to take.
"We're dying to get a guy that's 6-foot-3 that can skate like hell into out lineup," Tortorella said. "But we're not going to do it at [Kreider's] expense."
After struggling throughout the first half of the season, Kreider was sent down to the team's minor-league affiliate, the Connecticut Whale, for more seasoning. He has since tallied six goals in the past eight games.
Kreider, who made his NHL debut last spring in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, was held to one goal and one assist in 11 games this season for the Rangers.
The Rangers obviously like his speed and size, but Tortorella has indicated (whether deliberately or not, in comparison with rookie J.T. Miller) that his lack of confidence/tenacity/swagger has been problematic. The organization still regards the 21-year-old as one of its top assets, but wants to make sure his development is handled appropriately.