Chris Kreider

Chris Kreider

32-Year-Old Left WingLW
New York Rangers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
You don't have to go far down the list to find Kreider's name among the best net-front players in the NHL. He predictably regressed last year, dropping from 52 to 36 in goals and 77 to 54 in points after his massively unsustainable 2021-22 campaign. Still, Kreider has excellent chemistry with the Rangers' top center, Mika Zibanejad, and they can both make noise in all situations. Kreider appears to be a safe best for at least 30 goals this year if he can stay healthy, and he'll also chip in well over 100 hits and some shorthanded production along the way. Even if he's well off from another career year, he's still a solid mid-round pick for fantasy managers. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $45.5 million contract extension with the Rangers in February of 2020.
Earns two helpers in win
LWNew York Rangers
April 15, 2024
Kreider notched two assists, three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Monday's 4-0 win over the Senators.
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Kreider set up Jack Roslovic's goal in the first period and Adam Fox's shorthanded tally in the second. Over the last 10 games of the regular season, Kreider racked up six goals and four assists. The winger is at 39 goals, 75 points, 246 shots on net, 99 hits and a plus-19 rating over 82 contests this season, his second most productive campaign. He earned 29 power-play points and a career-high five shorthanded points in 2023-24.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    18:47
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:31
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:34
 
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18:44
2:58
1:29
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18:25
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1:38
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18:47
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Nearing return?
LWNew York Rangers
January 17, 2023
Kreider may be ready to return to the lineup from an upper-body injury Thursday against Boston, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
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The Rangers returned Ryan Carpenter, who had been up with the big club as an extra forward, to AHL Hartford on Tuesday. Kreider has missed the past three games.
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Kreider has been a solid player for a long time, but his 52-goal campaign a season ago truly came out of nowhere. This was a guy who had never scored more than 28 goals in any prior year. Kreider's remarkable production was buoyed by a league-leading 26 power-play goals and superb 20.2 percent shooting percentage, both of which will be nearly impossible to replicate. That said, Kreider legitimately looked like a better, more confident player last season. He turned 31 in April, so it's certainly possible this breakout was a total fluke, but Kreider should threaten the 30-goal mark again in 2022-23, while chipping in roughly 200 shots and well over 100 hits. He's a useful mid-round fantasy option, just don't pay for past performance.
Kreider had a very strange season in what was the first of a seven-year, $45.5 million contract signed in February 2020. Kreider tallied at least 20 goals for a third straight campaign and the sixth time in the past seven years, but a deeper dive into the numbers comes with major concern. For some strange reason, Kreider stopped shooting the puck this past year. He managed just 102 shots on goal in 50 games. The fact he scored 20 times is nothing short of a miracle. His 19.6 percent shooting percentage will almost certainly come back to earth next year. What Kreider does have going for him is his production with the man advantage. He's locked in as the net-front presence on New York's No. 1 power-play unit and that's a spot that led to 11 goals and 14 points with the man advantage in 2020-21.
Kreider scored at least 20 goals for the fifth time in six seasons in 2019-20, cementing himself as one of the NHL's most consistent wingers. Since entering the league, Kreider's 13.4 shooting percentage ranks 21st among 63 players who have scored at least 150 goals; alas, Kreider's ice time remains stuck at 17 minutes and he's continued to be content with letting his teammates do most of the shooting. As the Rangers continue to trend upward, so should Kreider's offensive production, which will also get a boost from his increased playing time on the power play in 2020-21. The big power forward isn't fancy, but he's a great option for fantasy managers looking for reliable production in the middle rounds.
Kreider enjoyed another rock-solid campaign in 2018-19, hitting the 28-goal mark for the second time in three seasons while adding 24 helpers in 79 games. The 28-year-old winger's power-play time may dip a bit this year due to the wealth of talent New York added up front during the offseason, but it shouldn't have a noticeable impact on his overall production. As long as he's able to stay healthy, Kreider shouldn't have any trouble eclipsing the 25-goal, 50-point thresholds for a second straight season in 2019-20, making him a desirable secondary option in the majority of fantasy formats.
Kreider was limited to 58 appearances last season by a blood clot in his right arm, but the swift-skating power forward is reportedly back at full health heading into this season and primed to occupy roles on both the top line and No. 1 power-play unit on Broadway. He missed only 12 games combined over the previous three years despite his bruising style, so owners can expect a bounce-back campaign from the 27-year-old winger after he had a streak of three consecutive 20-goal, 50-PIM seasons snapped. Kreider also has at least five power-play goals in each of the past five seasons, making him a terrific all-around contributor when he's right.
After netting nine points in his first six games of 2016-17 despite dealing with a neck injury, it looked like Kreider was primed for a huge breakout. While it didn't quite work out that way, the Boston College product nonetheless set new personal bests in goals (28), points (53), power-play points (13) and shots (186). He still has a penchant for pulling his patented vanishing act a little too often, so the Rangers and fantasy owners are still looking for a little more steadiness in his game, but the 26-year-old is locked into a top-line spot with top-unit power-play duty, so he'll have every opportunity to improve upon last year’s results. A big, fast winger who plays with an edge that can sometimes cross the line into recklessness, Kreider’s ceiling is still quite high; the degree to which he can improve his self-discipline will determine how close he comes to realizing it.
Expected to take a step forward last season, Kreider instead stagnated, ending up with the same goal total as 2014-15 (21) and three fewer points (43). He also saw his shot rate fall, though his shooting percentage rose a bit to make up for it. But the Rangers offered the 25-year-old winger a show of confidence by signing him to a four-year, $18.5 million contract extension this offseason, locking him up for what the team is clearly hoping will be his prime seasons. New York’s 2009 first-round pick is thus locked into a premier role, likely on a second line that’ll be centered by new acquisition Mika Zibanejad. Don’t price in the breakout, but Kreider has the size, the speed and the hands to be a star; power forwards like him sometimes take a little longer to develop, but they often make it worth the wait.
Kreider has been a bit of an enigma to this point -- his tools, pedigree, and propensity for scoring big goals have inflated his name value, but his fantasy production has been fairly modest to this point, as he's coming off a (career-best) 21-goal, 46-point campaign. Still, that represents some growth over the prior year's efforts, and Kreider can be expected to continue refining his game as he enters his third full NHL season. He's slated to skate top-line minutes for the Rangers this year, and if he can avoid falling into patches of inconsistent play, he has speed, power, toughness, and finishing ability -- and that adds up to the complete fantasy package.
If not for a late-season wrist injury, Kreider is fresh off his first full season (35 points in 66 games) in NHL, including 13 points in 15 post-season games. As a result, Kreider received his first non-entry level contract in the off-season, a two-year pact reportedly worth $4.9 million. Sure, one could argue his numbers are a result of the attention exhausted on linemates Rick Nash and Derek Stepan, but his speed and strength in the offensive zone cannot be denied. Although the 23-year-old may not get the nod for power-play minutes again this campaign and his positioning without the puck needs work, if anyone on the team's roster is due a fantasy draft ranking increase it’s the Boston College alumus.
What a difference a year can make for the Rangers' budding forward. After making a splash in his NHL debut during the 2011-12 playoffs, Kreider spent most of the lockout-shortened season with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), producing just 23 points in 47 games. Meanwhile, he played rather inconsistently in various third- and fourth-line situations with the big club. Despite logging just two goals, one assist and 19 shots on goal in 22 games at the NHL level, the sky’s the limit still for the Rangers' 2009 first-round pick (19th overall) out of Boston College. Additionally, the 6-3, 230-pound Kreider could be eligible at two positions (center and left wing) at some point this coming season. Both keeper and redraft owners should consider using a mid-to-late-round pick on the 22-year-old.
Kreider was a breath of fresh air for the Rangers in this past Spring's playoffs, as he matched a record for rookies that began their careers in the postseason with five goals, turning many heads in the process. As such, the former Boston College star will enter the 2012-13 campaign with extremely high expecations but owners shoud be careful not to overreach for the 21-year-old winger. That's not to say that he won't be a fantasy asset this season, but he'll likely be confined to the Blueshirts' third line, so his output may not match his draft position. Temper your expectations, but the potential certainly is there for Kreider to produce; those in keeper leagues will have to pull the trigger on him early if they want his services.
Kreider is a goal scorer with blazing speed and a hard shot, and he used both to help Boston College win a National Championship in 2010. Given that the Rangers picked him up as recently as the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and he's just 19 years old, Kreider will first have to pay his dues outside of the NHL.
The Rangers took Kreider 19th overall in this past June's draft. The 18-year old will likely be headed to juniors this season. He's about as fast on skates as them come and has a big shot, so he could make an impact down the line, though not for a few years.
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Puts up two points
LWNew York Rangers
April 9, 2024
Kreider picked up a goal and one assist in a 4-2 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday.
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Scores again on power play
LWNew York Rangers
April 7, 2024
Kreider scored a power-play goal on four shots in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Canadiens.
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Deposits power-play goal
LWNew York Rangers
April 6, 2024
Kreider recorded a power-play goal in Friday's 4-3 win over the Red Wings.
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Snaps goal drought
LWNew York Rangers
March 28, 2024
Kreider scored a power-play goal in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Avalanche.
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Three points in Pittsburgh
LWNew York Rangers
March 16, 2024
Kreider scored an even-strength goal and added two power-play assists in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Penguins.
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