5 Reasons to Be Excited for Chris Kreider's 2012-13 Season in New York

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5 Reasons to Be Excited for Chris Kreider's 2012-13 Season in New York
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New York Rangers rookie Chris Kreider is no stranger to winning.  Perhaps that is why his baptism by fire from college hockey straight into the NHL postseason has been so successful.

In his three years at Boston College he won two NCAA championships, as well as playing on the 2010 gold medal-winning United States World Junior Team (among other stunning accomplishments).

Kreider was signed by the Rangers just days after his latest championship win to a three-year, entry-level deal.

And because he was on the team's reserve at the trade deadline back in February, he was eligible for the playoffs.

With Carl Hagelin's three-game suspension in Round 1, Kreider got his big break to shine. And although shaky to begin with, he is definitely making a name for himself in New York after only playing seven games.

Head coach John Tortorella took a chance and put him on the top line alongside Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Ottawa Senators and he has blossomed ever since.  Each game he has been gaining more and more confidence, earning his place in the lineup with two huge goals and an assist in only seven games.

He seems to be catching on quite quickly to Tortorella's style, and the coach should be and is quite pleased with his performance and contributions so far. According to Tortorella (via an ESPNNewYork.com article), "He has no fear. That's what I like about him.  The biggest thing is his mindset. He's not here to test the waters. He's here to make a difference."

And this is exactly what the Rangers needed with Hagelin and Brian Boyle out of the lineup.  Now that they are both back, Kreider is still playing strong, which will only further assist his teammates.

If he is playing this well this early on, one can only imagine how he will develop and shine once he has the proper time and practice to do so. This is only the exciting beginning of what will hopefully be a long and successful career with New York.

Let's take a look at what we can expect from this rising star in the 2012-2013 season.

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