Chris Kreider
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Chris Kreider

Hometown:

Boxford Massachusetts

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-04-30

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

1st round (19th overall), 2009

Weight:

226 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Chris Kreider played for Andover Academy.

2009-10: Kreider has developed very well in his first season of NCAA play, and as a member of the gold medal-winning 2010 U-20 US World Junior Championship team.

2010-11: Kreider appeared in 32 of 39 games for Boston College as a sophomore – missing time late in the season after suffering a broken jaw. He also represented the United States in two tournaments – the 2011 World Junior U-20 championships and the 2011 IIHF World Championship. Kreider scored 11 goals with 13 assists with an even plus/minus and 37 PMs. He was named MVP of the Beanpot Tournament for the Hockey East-champion Eagles. In seven games for the third-place USA squad at the WJC tournament Kreider scored 6 goals with 1 assist and was +6 with 2 PMs. Three of his six goals were scored on the power play. In six games with the eighth-place US men's squad in Slovakia he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +3.

2011-12: Kreider joined the Rangers in the NHL playoffs following his senior season at Boston College and gave New York an offensive boost during the run to the Eastern Conference finals. He joined the Rangers in Game 3 of their first round series with Ottawa and scored 5 goals with 2 assists in 18 playoff games; finishing minus-four with 6 penalty minutes. Kreider was the leading scorer for Boston College in his final season – scoring 23 goals with 22 assists in 44 games and leading the Eagles in penalty minutes (66). Boston College won the Hockey East regular season and playoff titles en route to its second NCAA Frozen Four championship in three years.

2012-13: Kreider split time between the Rangers and their AHL affiliate Connecticut in his first pro season. Hampered by an ankle injury and limited to just over ten minutes of ice time per game, he scored 2 goals with 1 assist in 23 games with New York and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes. A playoff hero for the Rangers during their run to the Eastern Conference finals a year ago, Kreider did not enjoy the same success. He appeared in 8 of 12 playoff games, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist, and was an even plus/minus. Kreider played 48 AHL games for the Whale, scoring 12 goals with 11 assists and finishing -11 with 73 penalty minutes. Connecticut missed the AHL playoffs by two points despite finishing second in the Northeast Division.

2012-13: Kreider split time between the Rangers and their AHL affiliate Connecticut in his first pro season. Hampered by an ankle injury and limited to just over ten minutes of ice time per game, he scored 2 goals with 1 assist in 23 games with New York and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes. A playoff hero for the Rangers during their run to the Eastern Conference finals a year ago, Kreider did not enjoy the same success. He appeared in 8 of 12 playoff games, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist, and was an even plus/minus. Kreider played 48 AHL games for the Whale, scoring 12 goals with 11 assists and finishing -11 with 73 penalty minutes. Connecticut missed the AHL playoffs by two points despite finishing second in the Northeast Division.

 

Talent Analysis

A prototypical power forward, Kreider has shown speed and an ability to find the net.

 

Future

Kreider is expected to compete for an NHL roster spot in 2013-14.

 

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