Chris Kreider seems to have a flare for scoring dramatic goals in big games. The New York Rangers‘ young forward is starting to develop a mentality that he can put the puck in the net at the most crucial times.
Kreider burst onto the scene in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. During that playoff run Kreider scored two game-winning goals after joining the team a week prior. Then last year in the playoffs, he added another game-winning goal in overtime to keep the Rangers’ season alive.
This season Kreider is finding a way to score clutch goals in the third period. He leads the Rangers with four third period goals, including one last night to tie the game against the Calgary Flames. His goal was something the Rangers desperately needed, as they snapped a four game losing streak.
Kreider is so young that it is hard to tell if he is going to become a clutch goal scorer, but he seems to love the big spotlight late in games. Now that he has finally found consistent playing time, the sky is the limit for him. Opposing teams are always going to key on Rick Nash, especially when a game is close in the third period. If Kreider can continue to develop his goal scoring late in games, it would be a huge asset for the Rangers.
It has taken a little longer than we expected, but Kreider is finally becoming the player we all thought he would be. Add on top of his high ceiling the ability to score in the clutch, and Kreider has all the tools to become an elite player in the NHL.