New York Rangers power forward Chris Kreider makes the claim that his body is at “110 percent” right now.
Tonight on @SportsFinal4NY – we’ve got the @NYRangers draft picks are in the house! We’ll talk with Vitali Kravtsov & @nilslundkvist along with veteran Chris Kreider! Don’t miss the show at Midnight! pic.twitter.com/qb96XZsgPb
— Bruce Beck (@BruceBeck4NY) June 25, 2018
Kreider, along with his newly drafted Rangers teammates, was discussing the NHL Draft on Friday night. They spoke about how the new guys felt being apart of the Rangers organization along with the sights and sounds of New York City.
As the conversation went on, Kreider was asked by Beck how he was feeling. Kreider didn’t disappoint in response.
“I’d say I am 110% compared to last season. It was a weird season for a lot of different reasons. Some scary stuff but at the same time I wouldn’t have it any other way, really good learning experience and came out the other side a lot better as a person and hockey player,” as was reported by SNY.
Kreider suffered through a true scare last season.
During a game against the Washington Capitals in December, he felt a tightness in his right arm and was taken to the hospital. The diagnosis was a blood clot which required surgery to remove a part of his rib, a contributing factor as the cause of the clot.
At the time of surgery, it was unclear if Kreider would be able to resume his NHL career.
On Feb. 18, Kreider returned to the Rangers lineup with a new attitude. Though the locker room looked different as many players were traded, Kreider’s love for the game was at its highest level. He skated with a purpose and with a determination not to let his teammates down.
In the final 21 games the forward appeared in, he scored five goals with 15 points. His energy and hard-hitting ways returned as he dominated the ice with his speed and size.
He’s seemingly a new man on the ice who’s truly learned to appreciate what he almost lost forever.