AHL stats aren’t everything

Some AHL kids aren’t putting up points yet.

If you’ve been following the Connecticut Whale, then you’ve noticed that some of the highly touted prospects, including Chris Kreider, aren’t scoring at a pace that some would like to see. Kreider, who is NHL ready, has a line or 1-3-4 through six games, and isn’t even in the top five in scoring on the club. Meanwhile, Kris Newbury is leading the team in scoring (as per usual).

It’s important to note that it’s not about the point totals. It’s about how players look on the ice. It’s why a lot of folks are very happy about the way Kyle Jean is progressing, as he is putting up points and looking like a possible NHL forward in the process. It’s also why you shouldn’t necessarily be worried about the point totals of Kreider and J.T. Miller.

By most accounts, Kreider and Miller (and Jean) have been very strong on the ice, and while their point totals aren’t matching those of Jean and Newbury, they are still considered to be some of the best players on the ice for the Whale. From reading game recaps and asking around, both Kreider and Miller are getting key minutes and are counted upon for major offense.

Another thing to note is that it’s not always the highest scorer that is the most NHL ready. The perfect example here is Newbury, who generally is among the team leaders in scoring. Newbury is only called up to the Rangers when there is a bottom six spot that needs filling. If there’s a top six spot, then it’s expected that one of Miller or Jean will get that call.

On the other side of things, it might be worth taking an extra look at someone like Christian Thomas, who has a line of 1-2-3 in seven games, but has also been playing on the bottom six on a regular basis. I am not watching Whale games regularly (streams are lacking), but it appears that the coaching staff doesn’t have as much faith in his as they do in players like Miller and Jean. Just something interesting to note through the first seven games of the year.

5 Responses to “AHL stats aren’t everything”

  1. steve says:

    heard hrivik has looked sweet the last two games…getting two assists and making his linemates look real good…..thought is, that he may be more NHL ready than Miller or Jean

  2. Tim B says:

    Who is Hrivik skating with? I would prefer him skating with Jean. Both of them are undrafted and have made quick impacts in the AHL.

  3. steve says:

    last game I think with Segal, before that maybe Jean….not sure

  4. Walt says:

    I posted earlier that I don’t care so much about the Kreider kid scoreing at this level, but the fact that he is learning the pro game.

    Let’s face it, he is the best we have down on the farm, but he is being introduced to other aspects of the game. This week, he was on the PK for almost the entire 2 minutes in a game, and when interviewed, he was pleased to be exposed to that part of the game. He wants to be an all around player, so if his offense is down, big deal!!!!!

    This also applies to JT Miller, tough kid, who is learning quickly how to play the pro game, and he too will get his chance to shine on MSG ice very soon. We got very lucky with the Jean kid, and possibly Yogan as well, so the future does indeed look bright for the Rangers, assuming they start the friggin seasoon soon!!!!!!!!

  5. Walt says:

    To all my Ranger family members, my thoughts, and prayers go out to you all who have been impacted by this terrible storm Sandy.

    I live in Pennsylvania, and came out of it in good shape, but I know that loads of New Yorkers were hurt by the storm. My son, and his family are still in Brooklyn, and thank goodness they are OK. My daughter, and her family live in NJ, also came out of it in reasonable shape, and for that I’m grateful. Just know that all of you are in our thoughts, and we wish all the best in trying times. It’s times like this that makes us all reflect, and realize what is important in life.