Steve Zipay at Newsday says while fans are clamoring for the Rangers to obtain a top-six forward, such as Rick Nash, the better option would be to wait on the Rangers top prospect Chris Kreider next year.
Kreider is leading the Boston College in scoring with 14 goals and 11 assists in 20 games.
At 21, Zipay says Krieder could start in the AHL and possibly turn into an impact player next season.
…couldn’t agree more with Zipay. If the Rangers plan on bringing in a player of Nash’s caliber it will cost them a ton of prospects and maybe a young NHLer. I think this team, as constructed now, can contend for a Cup without acquiring a big name forward.
…will be awesome to have three young stud forwards in Stepan, Hagelin and Kreider on the team next season.
Zipay also gave out his first half awards, saying Henrik Lundqvist is the team’s first half MVP…
Henrik Lundqvist. At 29, The King is having his finest season. Positionally sound, confident and ultracompetitive, Lundqvist was second in save percentage (.939), third in goals-against average (1.89) and was among the top goaltenders in wins (18) and shutouts (three) through Friday’s games.
…didn’t think it was possible for Hank to play better than he has the last few years, but that’s what he’s done this year. He is locked in and the main reason the Rangers are the #1 team in the NHL at the half-way point.
…while Hank excelled his first six years in the league on talent alone, it seems this year he’s using his knowledge of the league and its player to step his game up a notch.
Zipay also awards Ryan Callahan as Role Model, Marian Gaborik as Comeback Kid, and Michael Del Zotto as Most Improved.