Chris Kreider Out Indefinitely With Broken Jaw

Even a full cage shield can't protect Chris Kreider from suffering a broken jaw (matchsticksandgasoline.com)

The Rangers bad luck with injuries continues at all levels, but this time it reaches a whole new level of absurdity. Chris Kreider suffered a broken jaw in Boston College’s game against New Hampshire last night after a puck hit him in the side of the head. Teammate Brian Gibbons attempted to clear the puck out of BC’s defensive zone while they were killing a penalty, but the puck found its way to the side of Kreider’s head. Though in a way a broken jaw is relieving news, given that there was an initial scare that it could have been a concussion, the injury is still nothing short of unbelievably bad luck. College hockey players are required to wear full cages on they helmet, so how the puck managed to make contact with Kreider jaw is beyond me. BC coach Jerry York announced no specific timetable for his recovery but admitted that it might possibly end his season. If so, Kreider will finish the year with 11 goals and 12 assists in 31 games, which is a solid stat-line for the defensive-minded NCAA. Chris’s desire to help BC win a national title is well known, so I’m a bit worried that the early, anticlimactic ending to his season will make him decide to stay in college for his junior year. I believe playing professional hockey next year, regardless of whether it’s for the Rangers or Whale, is what is best for Kreider’s development.

Topics: BC, Boston College, Chris Kreider, Injuries, New York Rangers, Rangers

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