Dominic Moore: Kreider 'most explosive skater' in NHL history
The club came to terms with Kreider, a restricted free-agent forward, on a four-year, $18.5-million contract just prior to a scheduled arbitration meeting, and as Moore sees it, they locked up an all-time skater.
"Chris is the most explosive skater in the history of the NHL, in my opinion," Moore said, according to NHL.com's Adam Kimelman. "He's a game-changer because he can break out and do amazing things because he is a freak athlete. Guys like that don't grow on trees. He has earned his way into being a valuable player in the league."
"Chris is very physically gifted," Brassard said. "He's one of the strongest guys in the league who has really good speed and a really good shot. Guys like him are really hard to find. … The Rangers are lucky to have a player like him."
Kreider is coming off his third full season with the Rangers and his second-straight 21-goal campaign, but feels he's just coming into his own.
"Hopefully I am just scratching the surface," Kreider said. "I am of the mindset that I am trying to get better every single day. I guess if you are not improving, there's no point of doing it."