27. Chris Kreider - RW - New York Rangers
Height: 6-2 Weight: 205
Now in his third season as a member of the Boston College Eagles, Kreider is a power forward, with excellent speed and good hands. Kreider was drafted out of high school by the New York Rangers, and since that time has played in the World Junior Championships for the United States, as in well as the Men's World Championships. This is expected to be Kreider's final season with the Eagles, after which he will compete for an NHL roster spot next fall.
Tim Erixon was ranked 31st and Ryan McDonagh was #32 (see here).
...this list has been awful so far. First how is McD a prospect? And even if he was no way Erixon is better. And now Kreider is only ranked 27th. Obviously, I'm biased here but he has to be a top 10 prospect in the NHL. Especially after all the praise and accolades he received this past weekend.
...to make matters worse, Kreider is ranked as the Rangers top prospect by Hockey's Future so somehow J.T. Miller, Christian Thomas and Dylan McIlrath won't make this list.
They look at Kreiders stats from last year and see a dip. They wonder, hmmm must be not as good as they say he is. How many games do they really watch of NCAA in the first place? Do you think that these experts know anything beyond the BOLD stats. No
BC organization and current coach believe in experience first over skill. Its a whole different ball game in college, based around teamwork and they give their young guns short leases no matter what. Krieder was a sophomore last year and had less ice time than he wished he had, on top of that he was also a little banged up.
I am not saying that is the only reason to why he had a poor statistics NCAA last year, but it was a huge piece of the reason. There is a reason to why he is doing better this year... and why he will continue to get better.
His work ethic and decision making has improved from year to year.... Hes growing more mature and taking the right steps. Now with more ice time this year and more responsbility he will surely shine this year
Jesper Fasth could be a dark horse to crack the roster next year. Surprised more people aren't talking about him as he had a great showing in this past summers WJC so he shouldnt surprise anyone anymore. Also off topic but last night I had a dream we traded MDZ for someone who I forgot and a first rounder.
@MarkFox Great analysis Mark!
@KingBadaBing He is definitely an under the radar prospect for sure. The reason he doesn't get more pub is because he's over in Europe and wasn't able to play at Traverse.