The waiting for Chris Kreider to turn pro is officially over. The highly-skilled forward today agreed to terms on his entry-level contract with the Rangers, thus ending his extremely successful collegiate career at Boston College.
Kreider, the Rangers first round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, spent three seasons at BC, winning a pair of national championships---first as a Freshman in 2010 and again last weekend as a Junior. He also helped the United States capture a Gold Medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships while playing with Derek Stepan, and a Bronze Medal at the 2011 WJC.
This past season the 6-foot-3, 230 pound Kreider established collegiate career-highs in games played (44), goals (23), assists (22), points (45), and penalty minutes (66) while leading BC in goals and points. Boston College won all three Beanpot Tournaments in which Kreider participated in college, as well as three Hockey East championships.
"You can't emphasize enough how important it is how much winning he has done already in his career," Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton said of Kreider, 20. "When you win consistently at a young age, like Chris has, it becomes your mindset. In addition we love his desire to consistently try and improve his all-around game."