The Rangers' Best 2009 Draft Pick: Chris Kreider

New York Hockey Daily@nyhockeydailyContributor IMarch 20, 2010

LAKE PLACID, NY - AUGUST 14: Chris Kreider #15 of Team USA skates against Team Russia at the 1932 rink on August 15, 2009 in Lake Placid, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Rangers best draft pick in 2009 is first round pick, 19th overall, center Chris Kreider. At least, according to Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News he is.

Kennedy recently did a run-down on each team’s best picks from 2009 and that’s who he picked for the Rangers:

NY Rangers – Chris Kreider, C (19th overall): Speedy as hell, Kreider was great at the world juniors, as was fellow Blueshirts pick Ryan Bourque (80th).

Kreider seems like a strong prospect. Hockey’s Future currently has him ranked as the forth best prospect in the Rangers' system, and had this to say about him:

Kreider is a speedy forward, who for the most part has been playing on left wing for Boston College. A prototypical power forward, Kreider has shown his speed, and scoring ability in his freshman year with the Eagles. A clutch player who has become very responsible on both ends of the ice.

At 19-years-old, he’s probably still a couple of years away from competing at the NHL level, but he is certainly a prospect that we’ll keep an eye on.

Take a look at this short highlight video of Kreider at the 2010 Beanpot:

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