Saturday, June 27, 2009

Rangers Select Chris Kreider In 1st Rd

With the 19th pick of the first round in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft the Rangers selected Chris Kreider. According to Rangers' Director of Player Personnel, Gordie Clark, the Rangers were expecting Kreider to be drafted earlier in the round:

“We had a number of things we tried to move up to get him, but nothing worked out; but it did work out in the end,” explained Gordie Clark, the Rangers Director, Player Personnel.

“He is an elite athlete, physically and mentally,” continued Clark.

Kreider starred for Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., last season. He led his team in goals (33), assists (23), and points (56), and was the top-rated high school prospect in the draft. Overall Kreider was the 14th-highest rated North American skater, according to the final Central Scouting Rankings of 2009-draft eligible players.

What sets Kreider apart from others in this draft, in Clark’s opinion, is his tremendous speed. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder was acknowledged by most experts to be the fastest skater available.

“He’s the fastest kid in the draft, and that’s the first thing that stands out about him,” stated Clark. “He just dominated with his speed. He gets so many breakaways because he is so bloody fast. He’s got that (Alexander) Mogilny-type speed.”

Skating faster than everybody else on the ice is not Kreider’s only skill, however.

“He can shoot the puck at full speed and from the tops of circles, which is sniper-range,” said Clark.
Kreider is not NHL ready and won't be seeing any NHL action for at least a few seasons down the road.

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