This isn't a move we've been preaching because we don't like Kreider. We think he's a fantastic talent. He just isn't ready for the NHL yet, no matter what those who saw him play in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs say.
Kreider has mightily struggled in his first year as a pro, recording just one goal and one assist in 11 games for the Blueshirts.
John Tortorella has had Kreider buried on the depth chart this year, often times on either the fourth line, or the team's luxury suite as a healthy scratch.
Kreider, just 21-years-old, needs to work on the defensive aspects of his game before he's ready to return to Broadway.
Although he played a little more physical his last game, Tortorella still benched him for the entirety of the third period in the team's 4-3 loss.
We wish him well in Connecticut, but we're glad he'll finally get ice time to improve his game. The Whale should put him on the first line, and let him skate 20 minutes per game to see how he responds. Hopefully well, then he can return to the roster later in the year.Chris Kreider, Connecticut Whale, Hockey, John Tortorella, New York, New York Rangers, NHL, Rick Nash, Stu Bickel