Rangers coach John Tortorella was told this morning that top prospect and 2009 first-rounder Chris Kreider of BC won the MVP of the Beanpot Tournament and revealed:
"I wish he turned pro last year and I hope he turns pro next summer. I hope he’s with us. We’re anxious to get him involved in pro hockey; he’s got some good stuff to offer and we want to get him tracked up with us as soon as possible....I’m not sure if it’s the National Hockey League, but I think the sooner you get into the grind of the American League, if that’s where you start, it’s a different game than college hockey.
Kreider, a left wing with great speed, had two goals and an assist on the game-winner against Northeastern.
"I think education's important, it’s a family decision. But as a coach, we want to sink our teeth into him as soon as possible to get him into a situation where he becomes a Ranger. I had conversations with Ryan (McDonagh) with Step (Derek Stepan) and a conversation with Kreider as well (last summer)."
"We felt in watching all three of those guys that... we felt they were ready and weren’t going to hurt them. McDonagh and Step decide to come and they’'re playing with us right now, Kreider deicded not to, which is fine, because I’m sure he learned more going to the Beanpot and all the world championship games, it’s still a good training ground."
Notes on Dubinsky, Wolski, Boogaard and Fedotenko next....