Kreider, a junior, would be available to play for the Rangers or the CT Whale for the stretch run and in the playoffs.
Botta adds that scouts predict Kreider will be a 30-goal scorer in the N.H.L.
Finally, Botta notes that Sather may be reluctant to to sign Kreider so late in the N.H.L. season because if he makes the lineup for even one game, a year is counted on his three-year entry-level contract, moving him closer to free agency.
...i think this decision will have a lot to do with how well the Rangers are playing at the time Kreider's season ends. If the Rangers continue to roll along, I'd say sign him and send him to the Whale to begin the process of learning the pro game, so he'll be ready for camp in August.
...one wild card is whether Kreider even wants to sign. He could choose to return to Boston College for his senior season.
that would be great if he could get some time with the Whale this spring. Unless he absolutely blows up the AHL and the Rangers have a ton of injuries, he's not going to be with the big club this year.
Kreider has no need to return to BC. I read that he took courses over the summer so that he can graduate early.
what worries me is the possibility that he pulls an erixon and doesnt want to sign at all with the rangers. kid is from boston goes to school in boston, no doubt loves the bruins (as seen by his tweets last year during the finals). what if his dream is to stay in boston? starting to worry me that he wont sign at all...
If he really is ready for the pros, but has any thoughts of going back to school, they should get McDonagh in his ear. He and Stepan left school early too, but McD has been taking summer classes to make sure he still gets his degree.