1. LW Chris Kreider
When I think of Chris Kreider‘s game, I can’t help but see the Boston Bruins as a perfect fit. He plays that Boston style. He’s a scoring winger that goes 100 miles per hour every time he’s out on the ice. He’s not afraid to mix it up, has a nose for the net and loves to bang the body. Plus, most importantly, he can put the puck in the net.
There is still a chance the rebuilding New York Rangers choose to extend their talented forward, but if the two sides are unable to come to a long-term agreement, Kreider will be scouring the web for real estate in another city.
Kreider should be the most desirable potential rental on the market. He’d be a top-end, top-six forward. His game much more similar to Toffoli than Kovalchuk, but has some of the ladder’s offensive instincts. His in-your-face game is constructed for the playoffs.
Kreider is a first line forward, and Boston would likely need to give up prospect John Beecher or Jack Studnicka to land his services. That is a significant price to pay for a rental, but Boston would be able to try and work out a long-term deal with Kreider before he hits the open market. He’s a player unlike any other on this list, and the Bruins may decide to keep for the long-term.
Thus far, he’s played a career-high 17:30 average time on ice with the Rangers this season, and his 16.2 shooting percentage is also a career-high. In 54 games this season, he’s recorded 22 goals, nine of which have come on the power play, and has totaled 40 points.
The 28-year-old is a player the Bruins need to consider despite the steep bargaining price.
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