Geek of the Week: Kreid Time

Ben Burnett

2020-01-12


With the NHL trade deadline quickly approaching, it’s time to start theorizing which notable names could make a huge fantasy splash via trade over the next few weeks. New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider has been a huge source of trade speculation over the past year, with that chatter rising now that he’s only a few months from the end of his contract.

The Athletic lists Kreider as the number one option on the NHL trade board, and TSN has him as the second-most interesting trade piece (behind the injured Jason Zucker). Given the Rangers have next to no chance at making noise in the playoffs, they’d almost certainly benefit by capitalizing on the rental market for the speedy grinder who has been excellent in bangers league formats for fantasy owners.

In fact, Kreider is among a handful of wingers who is a must-own in any multi-cat format, even if he’s occasionally fairly uninteresting from a points-league perspective. The Rangers winger has never paced for 60 points over an 82-game season, and yet he’s been a key member of some of my fantasy championship teams. After a slow start, Kreider has been somewhat instrumental in the mid-season rise of a team that was originally believed to be in the Alexis Lafreniere sweepstakes before the season began. Here are Kreider’s splits this year:

 

GP

G

A

Pts

82-Game Pace

Oct. 1- Dec. 6

28

6

7

13

38

Dec. 7 – Jan. 10

15

8

8

16

87


An 87-point Kreider? Sign me up. Those numbers are certain to regress, but they are still exciting for fantasy owners who likely drafted the power forward