Boy Wonder, the kid who can do no wrong, the 21 year old who makes me feel like a failure, rookie forward Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers has made an impact in his very short tenure as a Blueshirt. With 18 NHL games to his name, all in the post season, Kreider has made his presence known with the New York Rangers.
Signed from Boston College after winning both the NCAA Championships (3rd time in 4 years for BC) and the Frozen Four (8th time for BC in 12 years), Kreider stepped into what could be the most stressful time of the NHL season, the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Kreider managed to do so with grace and strength, unafraid to show what he’s capable of doing but not in that annoying “look at me” fashion so many young NHLers have adopted.
What does the future look like for young Kreider? Well, he has another two seasons with the New York Rangers on an entry level contract and if his 5 goals and 2 assists in the playoffs are any indication of what’s to come, the Rangers have made a wise investment. While he is no replacement for Marian Gaborik, Kreider is a step in the right direction when it comes to picking up players with a more offensive threat. Picking up players who are full of heart are one thing, but Kreider’s talent and heart sets him above so many other players out there. Whether it was his desire to see his name on the Stanley Cup or just avoid going back to his classes, Kreider set him self up for a wonderful start to an NHL career.
There’s nothing more scary than pinning the hopes of the future of the New York Rangers on such a young player but since the disaster of the Hugh Jessiman as a first round draft pick, the Rangers seem to have moved in a more positive direction. Kreider is just one more building block this team needs to move towards winning the Stanley Cup.
Lets Go Rangers!