Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Kreider Leaves BC to Sign with New York Rangers

Boston College junior forward Chris Kreider led the Eagles to a 4-1 win over Ferris State in Saturday night's NCAA championship game in Tampa, Fla. to cap the college campaign.

Now he has has moved on to the next stage of his career, and allegedly signed an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers, who drafted him 19th overall in the first round in 2009. He took part in a rookie development camp with the organization in White Plains, N.Y. two years ago

Kreider, 21, who participated in BC's victory parade today on campus, is expected to practice with the Rangers on Wednesday, and will be eligible for the Stanley Cup Playoffs that New York begins on Thursday at Madison Square Garden against the Ottawa Senators. By reporting now, he shaves one year off his three-year entry level contract, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Kreider, a 6’3”, 225-pound left-shooting winger from Boxford, Mass. who prepped at both Phillips Andover Academy and Masconomet Regional High School before enrolling at BC, led the Eagles in scoring this past season with 24 goals and 22 assists for 46 points, which were all career highs for him.

In the NCAA tournament this spring, he scored both of BC’s goals in a 2-0 win over Air Force in a regional semifinal, and contributed another goal and an assist in a 6-1 victory over Minnesota in a national semifinal. In nine career NCAA tournament outings, he posted four goal and three assists

All told, Kreider tallied 50-43—93 points in 114 career college games, while also accumulating 137 penalty minutes. He also recorded 10 power-play goals, 10 game-winning goals, and four short-handed goals. In international play, he represented the U.S. at the 2010 and 2011 IIHF World Championships, and at the 2010 and 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships.

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