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Last season, center Chris Kreider helped lead the Boston College Eagles to another national championship and soon after made his NHL debut with the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He scored a total of five goals and picked up two assists during the 2011-12 playoffs.
Obviously, Kreider is a skilled player; he is one who can transition from college-level hockey to professional hockey in a mere couple of days. However, the 21-year-old has encountered some difficulty thus far this season. He injured his jaw during the game against the Penguins after enduring a hit from Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik on January 20, and Rangers coach John Tortorella hinted that Kreider could be sent down to the Connecticut Whale instead of remaining in the NHL as expected, reported NewsDay.
However, the 2013 NHL season is young, and Kreider may soon enough return to his old powerful self after recovering from his jaw injury. His ability as a goal scorer was certainly showcased during last year’s playoffs, and he will undoubtedly be a weapon for the New York Rangers.