Christopher Botta at the New York Times reports that the Rangers will likely sign Chris Kreider (2009 – 1st) at the end of his season at Boston College, which will be no later than the N.C.A.A. title game on April 7.
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.