Chris Kreider (1 G, 1 A, 2 SOG, +1) was having a fairly quiet rookie campaign until recently, but the quiet is fading quickly behind a wall of cheers from Rangers faithful as he settles in on the top line for the Rangers with Rick Nash and Derek Stepan. Kreider burst onto the scene immediately following his senior season with Boston College, diving head first into 2011-12 playoffs scoring a handful of key goals for his team early on, finishing with 6 points (5 G, 1 A) in 18 playoff games that season. There’s one hell of a way to start your career and get some experience, eh? No pressure! He had a rough year in the lockout shortened season and he didn’t start the year with the Rangers in 2013 because of it. Regardless, it didn't take him long to get called back up this season when the Rangers started out flatter than the funny pages and were desperate for some scoring. Well, they found some in the 22 year old as he continues to have a Calder worthy season and he's currently on pace for 51 points in 75 games and currently sits at plus-11, ten points higher than any other Ranger with Carl Hagelin coming in second with a plus-one. He’s a big (6’3” 240lbs) fast skating prototypical power forward with incredible hands, vision, a great slapper and a nasty wrister. He can can hit hard, and does so often, plays both ways and, well, frankly the kid can do it all. While there’s bound to be ups and downs given his age and the fact that the Rangers are so awful offensively, he’s so good he remains an absolute must own in every keeper league and at this point it's probably wise to own him everywhere because his upside in the second half is huge. Despite that he’s owned in just 38% of Yahoo! Leagues? Come on, really? What the eff is wrong with Yahoo managers?! The 73% ownership mark in ESPN leagues sounds more in line with what he’s done and capable of so if he’s available in your league and you need a scoring boost, pick him up already! Anyway, here’s what else I saw in the world o’ fantasy hockey yesterday:
The Minnesota Wild were a playoff team largely due to goaltender Niklas Backstrom and some timely offense. Sometimes it showed up in bunches while other times it would hibernate for a week at a time. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists to help the Colorado Avalanche erase a 3-0 first-period deficit and take a wild 5-4 win over the visiting Calgary Flames. Paul Stasny and Matt Duchene also scored for Colorado while Jarome Iginla scored twice in the losing effort. Please, blog, may I have some more?
There were seven games on Sunday and we saw seven one-goal games so Hockey Day in America was full of close contests including Mike Richards of the Kings nearly took down the Hawks by himself. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne stopped all 19 Phoenix shots to pick up his second straight shutout as the Predators knocked off the Coyotes 3-0 Thursday night. Rinne had to be at his best as the game was scoreless heading into the the third period. Please, blog, may I have some more?
The first day of the 2012-2013 season is in the books and it was a crazy one to say the least. Two teams hung up six spots, Detroit got shutout and the Ducks put up seven on Vancouver. Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Minnesota Wild finished under .500 at the end of this past season. They ranked 27th in the Powerplay and dead last in both Goals Per Game and team name. Things looked glum, but Minnesota just went Minnepop, and not because they say pop instead of soda. Please, blog, may I have some more?
I remember looking at the Blue Jacket depth chart Tuesday to see who was going to start in place of ECHL Goalie Steve Mason. Turns out it was career journeyman/terrible goalie/anarchist Curtis Sanford. Please, blog, may I have some more?
If you are a guy like me you know about the Lingerie Football League. Hot chicks playing football in lingerie, sounds sweet right? Well it’s not. I watched a few minutes of an actual game tonight (MTV2 of all channels) and there is just something weird about it. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Remember like 18 hours ago when the Toronto Maple Leaf fans were annointing the team Eastern Conference Champs? And Phil Kessel was going to win the MVP? Yeah well the Bruins showed them just how far they still have to go… “Yes but it’s early! Please, blog, may I have some more?