Chris Kreider making a strong case to have his Rangers jersey retired

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at New York Rangers
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Chris Kreider is making a strong case to be the next player on the New York Rangers to have his jersey retired and hanging in the MSG rafters.

In Friday’s 5-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks, he scored in the first period to earn his 500th career point, and then registered his 100th career power play goal later in the match. The longest tenured Blueshirt now holds third all-time on the franchise goal list with 281, surpassing Adam Graves.

“I love Adam Graves,” Kreider smiled. “It’s hard to talk about it, especially with a game tomorrow. Happy with the result and we’ll try to go get a win in Boston tomorrow.”

The number 9 that Graves wore for 10 years on Broadway hangs beautifully along the iconic Garden ceiling. He is one of 11 players to have his jersey retired by the organization.

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Chris Kreider making case for jersey retirement

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at New York Rangers
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This season, the veteran has tallied 16 goals and 24 points in 28 games. Kreider will get a chance to continue to add to his impressive stats wearing a Blueshirt when they take on the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Here’s a quick look at what Kreider has done in his 12 year NHL career all with the Rangers after they selected him in the first-round of the 2009 draft.

Top 10 all time in goals – New York Rangers

1 – Rod Gilbert: 406 G in 1,065 Games
2 – Jean Ratelle: 336 G in 861 Games
3 – Chris Kreider: 281 G in 761 Games
4 – Adam Graves: 280 G in 772 Games
5 – Andy Bathgate: 272 G in 719 Games
6 – Vic Hadfield: 262 G in 841 Games
7 – Camille Henry: 256 G in 637 Games
8 – Mark Messier: 250 G in 698 Games
9 – Steve Vickers: 246 G in 698 Games
10 – Brian Leetch: 240 G in 1,129 Games

Kreider has made the top 10 in numerous all-time rankings for the Rangers.

  • Power play goals – 100th (Tied 4th)
  • Shorthanded goals – 9 (Tied 10th)
  • Game-winning goals – 40 (Tied 5th)

While an argument can be made for and against having his #20 retired, should the Rangers capture a Stanley Cup during his tenure, it will be a no-brainer.

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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