Will Alain Vigneault Help or Hurt Chris Kreider’s Ascent Toward Stardom?

September 12th, 2013 by Tom Urtz Jr. Leave a reply »

The New York Rangers are going to be an intriguing team to watch early on this season because of the addition of bench boss Alain Vigneault. In particular, it is going to be fun to see whether youngster Chris Kreider rises or falls under his new coach, because this could be a make-or-break year for the Blueshirts' top prospect.

Vigneault was brought to Manhattan to inject some offense into the Rangers' system, and Kreider should greatly benefit from this coaching style.  

At his introductory press conference, Vigneault talked about his philosophy on defense and offense and how he felt it was applicable to the Rangers.

Via Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times:

If you look at Vancouver, how we evolved over the years, we were a more defensive-oriented team because our skill level wasn’t as high, Vigneault said at a news conference at Radio City Music Hall. As soon as our skill level started to evolve, we became one of the best offensive teams in the league. And that’s what I intend to do in New York.

The former Vancouver Canucks head coach has a history of taking talent ...

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