Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 11/12/13
Is Kreider a Calder candidate? It’s come a year later than expected but Chris Kreider is finally making his own way as a New York Ranger. During the Rangers recent stretch of good form, Kreider has arguably been the biggest physical force on the ice for the Rangers using his body to great effect on countless occasions. He’s been producing offense, getting under countless opponents’ skin (hello Sidney) and generally playing the most consistent hockey he ever has done, at the pro level. As with all projections and forecasts, when you’re barely a month into a seven month season there is much scope for change but there is no reason Kreider – who still qualifies as a rookie – shouldn’t be in the reckoning for the Calder trophy come the end of the season. If it’s down to opportunity and ability he’ll be in the mix. Assuming Rick Nash returns soon – which every person associated with the Rangers hopes – Kreider will not be affected adversely as some may speculate, in fact quite the opposit...
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