Update, 3:38 p.m.:
Gross has Kreider’s reaction to Tortorella’s statements…
“It’s good to hear, obviously, you want the support of the staff,” Kreider added. “That’s certainly a good confidence booster for myself. But just like last summer. I have to take every opinion into my decision. but it’s good to hear.”
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Earlier today in my post on this morning’s practice I had a short quote from John Tortorella on wanting 2009 first round pick Chris Kreider in camp next year. Rick Carpiniello at the Rangers Reports has the rest….
“I didn’t see any of it (Beanpot Tourney). Sully (Mike Sullivan) came in and told me today and I wish that kid turned pro last year. And I hope he turns pro next year. I hope he’s with us. He’s a sophomore now, and we’re anxious to get him involved in pro hockey because we think he’s got some good stuff to offer and we want to get him tracked up here with us as soon as possible.
“I’m not sure if (he’s ready for) the National Hockey League, and even next year I’m not sure if it’s the National Hockey League if he does turn pro. But I think the sooner that you get into that grind of the American League, if that’s where you start, the better, because that’s where you learn to play the game. It’s a different game than college hockey. And I can understand. I don’t get into the personal matters as far as education. I think education’s important. I think this is a family decision. But as a coach, we want to sink our teeth into him as quickly as possible as far as getting him into a situation, to a Ranger, as quickly as possible.”
Torts also touches on the development of Ryan McDonagh and how important playing in the AHL was for him…
“It’s hard (as a defenseman). It’s hard. That’s the toughest position, and down there everybody’s chasing that little black thing, and just to learn the grind of the gam at that position, the quick reads you have to make—and I think he handled himself very well. We were very patient as far as … he struggled at first and he just kept on coming on, coming on, and that’s why we felt we could make a deal in getting a forward when we were struggling with so many injuries and lacking offense. As I said, we let a pretty good defenseman go in Rozy (Michal Rozsival) because we felt McDonagh was ready to take the next step, and we feel he’s played very well for us here. He’ll go through some growing pains, but he’s played very well.”
Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants has this from McD…
“When I first came up, he (Torts) said don’t worry about making mistakes, just play and that helped settle me down,” McDonagh. “Not every game is going to go quite the way I want it to. (He said) let the game happen, not to force it. It’s good to hear that.”
…all this great news on Rangers prospects and young talent should be music to every Rangers fans’ ears.
Meanwhile, Jess Rubenstein at The Prospect Park takes the other side with Kreider and hopes the Rangers don’t rush him to the next level.