Chris Kreider moves up the all time New York Rangers stats in a historic night at MSG

Dec 15, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) is greeted by
Dec 15, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) is greeted by / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Last night was very memorable for Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers. As the Blueshirts overcame the Anaheim Ducks, Kreider etched himself into the annals of MSG history. One of the most remarkable members of the Blueshirts' history, Kreider passed Adam Graves for the third-most goals in the history of the franchise, doing so with the 100th powerplay goal of his career.

Regarding overall goals for the franchise, only the late, great Rod Gilbert and Jean Ratelle have more. Those two played on the iconic goal-a-game line with Vic Hadfield, who ranks 6th in goals for the Rangers all time. The fact that those three got to play with each other made them all better as a line. Kreider is doing this while the Rangers underwent a rebuild and has not had a consistent line to play on since Mats Zuccarello was traded. It speaks to how good Kreider has been that he has sustained his level of production.

His 100 powerplay goals leave the Boxford, Massachusetts native sitting level with Graves. Only Brian Leetch, Gilbert, and Camille Henry have more. With Henry's 116 leading the franchise, Kreider will very likely pass that within the next 18 months. His production level on the powerplay has been almost automatic over the course of his career, given his ability to deflect pucks. It gives him an edge over many competitors in the same position.

Kreider's 501 career points have him sitting 12th in franchise history. He needs one point to catch Don Maloney for 11th and just six more to join Adam Graves in the top 10. Sometimes, we take the skill level and ability of players like Chris Kreider for granted. He scores goals, and we love him for it, but it should be remembered that he is getting into rarified air in terms of comparables for the Rangers.