On Monday afternoon, we invited fans to submit questions for Kreider and other prospects here on newyorkrangers.com. Kreider was gracious enough to respond to a few that we passed along to him on Tuesday. Here are the questions and his answers:Daniel from Jonkoping, Sweden, asks:
How do you think it will feel to play for the New York Rangers? Kreider's response:
I think it's still just a dream, to be honest, because I have been through so much this year. I was always focusing on the next game and the next shift. I know that sounds kind of cliche, but I was just trying to keep everything near-sighted and not really worrying about about anything down the road. I was always playing in big game after big game, so it was something I sometimes thought about when I'd be going to be at night, but I really had to push it out of my mind, because the next day we'd be playing in a championship game or I had a big game that I had to focus on.
Al Maddalena from Howell, N.J., asks:
What aspects of your game will you be working on in your second year at Boston College? Kreider's response:
During my exit interview, the coaches had a lot to talk about with me. I still have a lot to work on. I've got to work on my shot-blocking and overall awareness. There are also some little things. I know I have talked about needing to work on little things in the past, but I really know what those little things are now, so I have to keep on working on that.
Thomas from East Meadow, N.Y., asks:
How did playing in the World Championship tournament help you with your game, and did Brandon Dubinsky
offer any advice?Kreider's response:
It was extremely eye-opening just to be able to acknowledge how skilled those players really are. I had never had the chance to play alongside NHL players in an environment like that, so it just kind of gave me an idea of where I have to be if I want to play at that level. I knew Gilroy before from the camp, and he's an amazing guy, but I did get to meet Brandon Dubinsky
for the first time. He's another great guy, too. He was extremely helpful. They were probably two of the nicest guys on the team. A young guy like me needed some guidance, and they definitely provided that and looked out for me.
James H. from Caldwell, N.J., asks:
How did it feel to score that unbelievable goal in the Beanpot?
At the time and even now, I didn't feel like it was that great of a goal, to be honest. I just kind of did what I always do. I got a little jump on the guy, so I tried to slide it through him. It was something I discussed with the coaches that I probably shouldn't be doing too often unless the defenseman commits like that. Everything just kind of fell into place in a big game. I've said it once, and I'll say it again ... I got lucky.
"Kreider fan" from Charlestown, Mass., asks:
Being born in the shadow of the TD Garden, how do you deal with the Boston-New York rivalry? Kreider's response:
I think it would be harder for me to deal with it if I was going to be playing for the Yankees. My friends give me a hard time about it, but they really do want to see me do well. I don't think the fans in Boston dislike the Rangers. Obviously, they love the Bruins, but they're not going to give me a hard time about playing for the Rangers. If it was the Canadiens, then it might be a different situation. Actually, the hardest question I had to answer after the draft was whether or not I was going to be a Yankees fan now. I jokingly said yes. At the time, it got taken out of context, which was obviously not a big deal. But my friends were jabbing me in the ribs about it and asking me how I could do that.
Jeremy R. from Englishtown, N.J., asks:
Which player on the current New York Rangers roster do you think you are most like?Kreider's response:
I don't know, to be honest. I think I kind of play a different game. I don't think I can make that kind of assessment at this point.
David Cain from West Babylon, N.Y., asks:
What current NHL player would you compare yourself to?Kreider's response:
Maybe Eric Staal of Carolina, but I think it's too hard to compare players, because everyone really has their own skill set. I think I'd compare myself to a power forward. I'm not sure which one, though. That's a tough question.
Max Schonfeld from Brooklyn, N.Y., asks:
Who was your favorite player growing up?Kreider's response:
I had a bunch. Actually, it's kind of weird. I try to say out of earshot of Ryan, but obviously Ray Bourque. I was a Boston kid and I loved Ray Bourque. Also Joe Thornton and Bill Guerin, especially. Guerin is a BC guy, too. Even now I still have favorite players, and Bill Guerin is one of them.