Jun 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) scores a goal past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) during the second period in game five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Will This Be Kreider's Year?

Boston College had a young, star forward named Chris Kreider. The powerful two-way forward was establishing himself as a great player in BC, and he became a fan favorite quickly. His first year with BC, he scored 23 points, following up the next year with 24 points. His last year in Boston was his best, where he had 45 points in 44 games. In Kreider’s first year with the Eagles, he was also drafted by the Rangers, 19th overall.

Chris Kreider’s first taste of NHL hockey came in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs where the Rangers faced off against the Ottawa Senators in the first round. In his first post season as a professional hockey player, Kreider rose to the occasion scoring 7 points in the team’s 18 game push to the Eastern conference Finals against Hudson River Rival, the New Jersey Devils. Though the Rangers were eliminated in the Eastern conference final, talent emerged from Kreider and I was looking forward to seeing how the team would do the following year. This was all put to a dramatic halt when the NHL went into a lockout.

After the dispute was resolved, the Rangers got back to work. I was very disappointed with Kreider that year. After a playoff series like the one he had, I thought he was going to be on fire once he got his legs back under him and the season started again. To my surprise, the Boston College Alum put up only two goals and one assist. And Kreider took some really bad, and I mean REALLY bad penalty’s. CK also played the role of the agitator some nights, where he would go out, find the other team’s best player, and bump into a player or shove him around a bit. He’s a big boy, clocking in at 6’3″, 226 lbs. If he wasn’t scoring goals and he was playing the role of grinder, its safe to say he might be boosting team morale down on the fourth line.

After a seemingly bad year of hockey, the Rangers got ready for the 13-14 season. Kreider really surprised me, his numbers sky rocketed for a young player. 17 goals and 20 assists along with 6 goals and 6 assists on the power play, Kreider came out of no where.

Now lies the question if Kreider come out and shock the NHL this year? I’d say so. Look at his stats here. They have increase dramatically and I think Kreider is on his way to become a top 6 forward, and on the starting Penalty Killing line, as well as the second Power Play group. Kreider is a solid two-way forward; he plays both sides of the puck. He has to be solid in his zone, and then he can get the point down at the other end of the ice. It is a demanding role, but I think he has earned his chance and now he can really take the NHL by surprise and go on a tear here.

If this Rangers team wants to be successful this year, there will have to be contributions from everyone up and down the lineup. Kreider will need to step his game up big time, just like everyone else. If everyone gives 110% you’ll realize that it comes a bit easier to reach your goal. Chris Kreider has went from Playoff hero, to getting 10 minutes of ice time, to scoring and becoming a powerhouse in both sides of the ice. Kreider will be needed next season if the boys will want to get anything done.

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