Kreider will be with the team today when the Rangers host the Washington Capitals.
Kreider, 21, who had one shot on goal two nights ago in Connecticut’s 4-1 victory over Portland, was demoted less than a year after he became the first player in more than two decades to win a college title and debut in that year’s National Hockey League playoffs.
Kreider had a goal and an assist with four penalty minutes in seven games for the Rangers this season. His five postseason goals last year tied an NHL record for playoff scoring by a rookie who hadn’t appeared in a regular-season game.
Kreider won the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship with Boston College in April 2012 and then signed with the Rangers, who selected him in the first round of the 2009 entry draft, in time to participate in the playoffs.
Kreider was the first player to jump from a college championship to the NHL postseason since 1987, when Tony Hrkac won a college title with the University of North Dakota before playing for the St. Louis Blues.
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