Top prospect Chris Kreider is not expected to make an announcement Sunday regarding his future plans on whether to sign with the Rangers or return to Boston College for his senior season.
The 20-year-old center was held off the scoresheet in the national championship game, but helped lead the Eagles to their second title since he joined the program in 2010 with a 4-1 win over Ferris State University in the Frozen Four Finale Saturday night.
The Boxford, Mass native now faces a tough decision: whether to return for his last season at BC or turn professional and possibly play for the Rangers in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Although some remain skeptical that he can make the jump from collegiate hockey to the NHL level without a hitch, especially this late in the season, Kreider is regarded as a can't-miss prospect for both his size (6-3, 217) and speed.
The 2009 first-round pick (19th overall) finished with a team-leading 24 goals and 46 points in 44 games for BC this season. When asked post-games about his plans, Kreider quipped to the College Hockey News:
"I'm going to take a shower, eat and then go back to the team hotel."