Now the Boxford native and winger is in in his first pro training camp with the Rangers; he jumped immediately from Boston College to the NHL playoffs when he made his debut in the spring of 2012, and the truncated season of a year ago didn’t allow for a ‘full’ training camp. He is hoping to stick with the Rangers directly out of camp.
The 22-year-old Kreider, one of 16 forwards still on the Rangers roster (they’ll likely demote 2 or 3), was in the lineup last night in Edmonton as the Blueshirts faced off against the Oilers in exhibition action. He has skated with, among others, veteran stars Rick Nash and Brad Richards as his linemates.
Across the country, former St. John’s Prep star John McCarthy is trying to stick with the San Jose Sharks. The 27-year-old forward, who can play center or wing, is in a battle for one of the team’s third or fourth wing spots with some of the organization’s younger prospects as well as fellow veterans such as Matt Pelech and Bracken Kearns (the latter two whom McCarthy skated with on the fourth line last night against Vancouver in exhibition play).
McCarthy, who had scored in the Sharks’ 3-2 exhibition opener against Vancouver last week, has played in 51 NHL games over three seasons, with two goals and two assists. The former Boston University captain spent all of last season with San Jose’s American Hockey League team in Worcester, recording 9-16-25 numbers in 65 games. He also signed a two-year deal, with this season reportedly a one-way contract, last year, so he should be a good bet to remain with San Jose.
Salem native Will O’Neill, 25, has begun his second full season in the AHL with the St. John’s Ice Caps up in Newfoundland. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound defenseman, whose NHL rights belong to the Winnipeg Jets, had three goals and 18 assists in 59 games a year ago for St. John’s and should see an increase in playing time this winter.