Chris Kreider ready to draw back into Rangers lineup

Through five games played so far for the New York Rangers this season, forward Chris Kreider has already put up seven points.

He’s been out ever since he kicked off his hot start, though, battling a neck injury that’s kept him sidelined for four games.

Now, though, he’ll return to action.

It was confirmed on Monday morning that Kreider, who has served as one of New York’s most lethal offensive weapons in recent years, will draw back into the team’s lineup on Tuesday as they face the St. Louis Blues. He’ll hopefully help make a strong team already stronger, as the Rangers look to improve upon a 6-3-0 record to kick off their 2016-17 campaign.

Drafted 19th overall by the Rangers in 2009, Kreider was an offensive standout for Boston College before going pro within New York’s system, putting up 23 goals and 45 points in 44 games for the Hockey East program in his third and final year of NCAA hockey.

Once going pro, though, he managed to improve his numbers even more. The Boxford, Massachusetts native has racked up 64 goals and 136 points in 253 career NHL games thus far, including two consecutive 21-goal seasons over the last pair of years.

The Rangers certainly look better this season than they did last, with supplementary offense taking some of the pressure off of names like Kreider, Derek Stepan, and Mats Zuccarello. Getting one of their more pivotal pieces back, though, won’t hurt as they look to produce a strong season.

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