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08:31 AM ET 05.09 | The Rangers' youth movement was a great success this past season, but its forward progress is not likely to include Chris Kreider in 2011-12. "I don't feel like I'm ready for the NHL ," the Rangers' 2009 first-round draft pick told Newsday by phone from Kosice, Slovakia, where he's playing for the U.S. team in the world championships. "Another year [at Boston College ] can't hurt." Kreider, 20, is the Rangers' top prospect right now. From Glen Sather on down, the Rangers have become an organization that wants to get its top prospects into its system as soon as possible, and the team views Kreider the same way it viewed Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan last summer -- top-level college players who would be better served in the pros than staying in the collegiate game.

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May 9, 2011  08:42 AM ET

Rangers are also known for blowing young talent by not bringing them along properly. This kid's doing what he thinks is best for his career. Good for him.

May 9, 2011  08:56 AM ET

His life, his decision.

May 9, 2011  09:15 AM ET

Question: I know he has to play with the Rangers, but does he have any type of a contract with them now? I mean if he gets hurt next year at Boston College would that affect how much he would get paid?

May 9, 2011  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

His life, his decision.

Right on.

May 9, 2011  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This kid's doing what he thinks is best for his career. Good for him.

If the kid doesn't feel like he's ready for the NHL, you have to take his word for it. I respect that.

May 9, 2011  10:10 AM ET

one of the reasons the pressure is on him is because Rangers are about to peak development-wise and Lundqvist is too. and when Captain Crutch retires more cap space!!!

i say take your time, kid!

May 9, 2011  11:31 AM ET

As a fan of the New York Rangers and Boston University, I can safely say this is terrible news for me.

May 9, 2011  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

As a fan of the New York Rangers and Boston University, I can safely say this is terrible news for me.

The kids good?

May 9, 2011  12:29 PM ET

If the kid feels he's not ready, he's not ready. It's a much different game, a much different environment, and the schedule and constant pounding is something that's a bit of a shock to most coming out of college. Ask McDonaugh. It's pressure that has to be recognized and dealt with mentally and physically. Chris will know when he's ready. Let him be.

May 9, 2011  12:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Rangers are also known for blowing young talent by not bringing them along properly. This kid's doing what he thinks is best for his career. Good for him.

That's not exactly true. Lundqvist, Staal, Callahan, Girardi, Dubinsky, Stepan, McDonagh have all been pretty good success stories of young players that the Rangers developed. (McDonagh does count because he was only Canadien property, and not part of their system).

As for Kreider, I agree with you. Let him stay in college if he wants to. He's part of a great program and loves the college game. He could be a Hobey Baker winner before he finishes up at BC. Can't wait to see him in NYC. It's taking some waiting, but he'll be there.

May 9, 2011  01:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

That's not exactly true. Lundqvist, Staal, Callahan, Girardi, Dubinsky, Stepan, McDonagh have all been pretty good success stories of young players that the Rangers developed. (McDonagh does count because he was only Canadien property, and not part of their system).As for Kreider, I agree with you. Let him stay in college if he wants to. He's part of a great program and loves the college game. He could be a Hobey Baker winner before he finishes up at BC. Can't wait to see him in NYC. It's taking some waiting, but he'll be there.

Those are some good points. Dont't forget Anisimov. The last 4 years we've done a good job of bringing them along. And Kreider defintely could win a Hobey. I think he's got more potential to be a star player then the guys like Callahan, Dubisnky, and Amisimov.

May 9, 2011  01:37 PM ET

I agree, his upside is outstanding....which is why Torts wants him now, or even last year!! He'll be here soon, and it will be very interesting!

May 9, 2011  02:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

That's not exactly true. Lundqvist, Staal, Callahan, Girardi, Dubinsky, Stepan, McDonagh have all been pretty good success stories of young players that the Rangers developed. (McDonagh does count because he was only Canadien property, and not part of their system).As for Kreider, I agree with you. Let him stay in college if he wants to. He's part of a great program and loves the college game. He could be a Hobey Baker winner before he finishes up at BC. Can't wait to see him in NYC. It's taking some waiting, but he'll be there.

Oh, don't get me wrong, they are turning the ship around, but that reputation is like an oil supertanker - it takes forever it turn it around. The current track record isn't bad, but the body of work from this management team still warns of a different story.

What happened with Del Zotto anyway?

May 9, 2011  02:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Oh, don't get me wrong, they are turning the ship around, but that reputation is like an oil supertanker - it takes forever it turn it around. The current track record isn't bad, but the body of work from this management team still warns of a different story.What happened with Del Zotto anyway?

he was having a tough year so we sent him to Conneticut and got injured, he'll be back with the big boys next year

May 9, 2011  03:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

he was having a tough year so we sent him to Conneticut and got injured, he'll be back with the big boys next year

Was the tough year due to injury or sophomore slump? Or something else? Guess we'll find out next year, eh?

May 9, 2011  05:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Was the tough year due to injury or sophomore slump? Or something else? Guess we'll find out next year, eh?

both really, but i don't think they'll worry about him too much

May 9, 2011  05:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

both really, but i don't think they'll worry about him too much

I see Joe & Buc are still defending BlueshirtNation and it is true they are finally developing a lot of talent But goCanada has a point back whwen Slats was trying to buy a title their prospects sat on the farm and were never developed . Find it funny that a guy who got the "He's a great GM moniker" from developing a core of youth (and yes having the Wayner) that became a dynasty. Would change midstream just cause the money's available I understand at first doing this that's "the kid in the candy store " syndrome . But when he was not successful that way you think he would have soon realized what brought him to the dance in the first place

May 9, 2011  05:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Oh, don't get me wrong, they are turning the ship around, but that reputation is like an oil supertanker - it takes forever it turn it around. The current track record isn't bad, but the body of work from this management team still warns of a different story.What happened with Del Zotto anyway?

Del Zotto isn't any good. Maybe more time in the minors but Sather hasn't drafted a good offensive minded defender in decades. Can't seem to draft a 30 goal scorer either.
It's nice to see the kids coming along but with all the horrible free agent picks it isn't like they've had a choice.

May 9, 2011  05:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Was the tough year due to injury or sophomore slump? Or something else? Guess we'll find out next year, eh?

Del Zotto has a tendency to stop moving when he gets the puck, something Torts seems to instill in players. He got caught flat footed way too many times and can't play D worth a crap

 
May 9, 2011  06:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Del Zotto has a tendency to stop moving when he gets the puck, something Torts seems to instill in players. He got caught flat footed way too many times and can't play D worth a crap

His problem is he thinks way too much. Your right, he's kind if standing still cause he's like, "let's see, Gabby get open Gabby get open Gabby get open, oopps turnover".

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