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Q & A With Chris Kreider
BB caught up with 2009 first-round pick Chris Kreider Friday night at the Rangers draft party in NYC

Kreider chats with Scott Lasky of the MSG Network

Kreider chats with Scott Lasky of the MSG Network

We chatted with Chris Kreider, who’s jaw visibly dropped when Jeff Skinner was taken by Carolina at No. 7, Friday night about the draft and being involved in the play that resulted in Derek Stepan's concussion during the final game of the Frozen Four.


BB: As you watch the draft and look back on last year, tell us what's going on in the minds of these kids tonight?

CK: Just excited to be there.  Obviously there’s a lot more hype for guys taken in the top 10.  But really you just have to enjoy yourself.  It’s a bit different for guys in the top 10 though.  It’s still surreal and gets me excited.  It makes me want to work that much harder.


BB: Is Derek Stepan mad at you for concussing him in the NCAA Championship game?

CK:  He doesn’t remember it.  ButI didn’t concuss him, I think he might have caught an edge there.  I wouldn’t be mad at him, it’s just playing hard and things happen. 


BB: Is there anyone you’re really pulling for tonight?

CK: [Cam] Fowler and [Jack] Campbell.  The US guys, I played with them so I’m definitely pulling for them.


BB:  Your remarkable success this year is well documented, does any accomplishment stick out?

CK:  The body of work on the whole.  They were all special in their own way.


BB: What’s your goal for this year?

CK:  To do it all again this year and just to get better.


BB:  Do you have a goal timewise, for making the Rangers?

CK: No timeline.  Maybe up here (points to head).


BB: Are you looking forward to the Prospect Camp next week?

CK: Yeah, there’s going to be a lot of physical testing but I look at it as a measuring stick to see how far I’ve progressed this year.


BB:  Do you pay close attention to Rangers roster moves and who they may take in the draft?

CK: I pay pretty close attention to them.  I’m really a big fan of the game so it gets my attention for sure. 


BB:  You played in middle school with Ryan Bourque, would you say he’s your best friend in the Rangers system?

CK: Yeah, him and Stepan


BB: Even though you concussed him?

CK: (Laughs) I didn’t concuss him.  



Check out Blueshirt Bulletin Plus for interviews with Ryan Bourque and Ethan Werek from the draft party

Posted by Kevin Baumer | June 29, 2010 at 03:48 pm

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