Okay, so you're asking yourself right now, "Who the heck is Chris Kreider?"
Remember that name, Stars fans. Chris Kreider is a '91 forward who currently plays hockey for Andover Phillips Academy, in Andover, Massachussetts. He is an '10 Boston College recruit. He is 6'2", 200 pounds and is a left-handed shooting winger. He is currently finishing up his junior year at Andover Phillips. His rated one of the top NHL prospects in North America, and will easily be a first round NHL draft pick this year. He is the top-ranked prep hockey player in the country, and is the 14th rated player in the upcoming NHL entry draft.
Oh yeah, he is a former draft pick of the Lincoln Stars. 7th round pick in 2008.
Is it a coincidence that Nick Fouts mentioned after the game this past Friday night that there was a recruit in town? I would think that the coaches at Boston College want Kreider to play USHL hockey for one season before heading to BC, rather than to continue to play prep hockey in MA. The articles I've read about Kreider point towards him and his family wanting to play college hockey, so I don't believe he will pursue any CHL options. He does have the option to return to Andover to play his senior year, or he could decide to play in Lincoln for the '09-'10 season
From what I can find online, Kreider had 33 goals and 56 points in 26 games for Andover as a junior.
Some quick quotes about Kreider:
"There's plenty of reason to believe Chris Kreider of Phillips Andover Academy will be the first high school player taken at the 2009 Entry Draft in Montreal.
Scouts and coaches have been impressed with the 17-year-old's quick learning curve and his ability to hit top skating speed in a matter of seconds. A huge shot and the fact he's the top-rated high-school player in NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings also doesn't hurt."
"I feel he could be the first high-school player taken," said Central Scouting's Jack Barzee, a Midwest-based scout. "He's got all the tools, the size and the skating. When he skates down the wing and spreads his legs wide to protect the puck and gain the zone, it's something to see. There's a flair about him and he definitely has a second gear. He has a little bit of Eric Staal in him; he's not as thick as Staal, but is really upright and has a little niftiness with the puck."
Just another name to keep tabs on. Let's hope he decides to play for the Stars next season.