Prospect Kreider helps BC to Beanpot win

Rangers prospect Chris Kreider finished with a goal and an assist in Boston College's Beanpot Championship 3-2 OT win over Boston University Monday.

Kreider picked up a primary assist on Pat Mullane's shorthanded goal at 8: 54 of the first and recorded a power-play goal later in the second to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead. Sophomore center Bill Arnold tallied in overtime to win it for BC in front of a sellout crowd of 17,565 at TD Garden.

With New York in town to play the defending Stanley Cup Champion Bruins Tuesday, several members of the Rangers' front office -- including GM Glen Sather and assistant GM's Jim Schoenfeld and Jeff Gorton -- were on hand to see Kreider, one of their most prized prospects.

Selected in the first round of the 2009 draft (19th overall), Kreider has 19 goals and 16 assists in 30 games for Boston College. The 20-year-old Boxford, Mass native leads the Eagles in scoring and ranks fourth in the Hockey East conference.

Kreider, a junior at BC, could sign with the Rangers following the end of his collegiate season, although he has not yet made a decision on his future plans.

Should the Rangers try to pull off a blockbuster deal before the NHL trade deadline February 27, Kreider is an asset many teams would covet.