The puck drops Friday night for the start of the Connecticut Whale season and the team's roster is set.
There are some injuries that will keep players sidelined for the opener. Cam Talbot, the starting goaltender, is out with a foot injury. Dylan McIlrath, potentially an impact defenseman, is still recovering from knee surgery.
Forwards Ryan Bourque and Marek Hrivik, two of the team's better players in the playoffs, are also out with injuries.
Kreider (and J.T. Miller) will receive lots of attention, deservedly so. Kreider would probably be in the NHL if there wasn't a lockout, so he's the one player Whale fans are seeing as a result of the labor dispute.
Here's what Gernander said Sunday:
“The success he had with the Rangers is a little bit different in that you’re kind of thrust into it and running on adrenaline,” Gernander said. “You have success, so you’re feeling confident, and all those things. Now part of it is going to be dealing with the grind and being a professional and being competitive night in and night out. There might be nights or stretches where things aren’t going your way and all the chips aren’t falling into place, and now part of being a professional is that you can’t give up anything and you have to fight through and still make your off-night a productive night for the team.”
It will be fun for fans around here to watch Kreider for as long as he's in Hartford. Enjoy him.
Here's the Whale roster, released on Tuesday: