Kreider, Dumoulin leave Boston College for NHL contracts

Boston College junior forward Chris Kreider and junior defenseman Brian Dumoulin both signed NHL contracts Tuesday, forgoing their senior seasons with the Eagles.

Kreider inked an entry-level deal with the New York Rangers, while the Carolina Hurricanes signed Dumoulin.

The Rangers drafted Kreider in the first round (19th overall) in 2009 and Carolina tabbed Dumoulin in the second round (51st overall) that same year.

“You can’t emphasize enough how important it is how much winning [Kreider] has done already in his career,” Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton said in a statement. “When you win consistently at a young age like Chris has, it becomes your mindset. In addition, we love his desire to consistently try and improve his all-around game.”

“Brian is a big, puck-moving defenseman who achieved at a high level throughout his time at Boston College,” added Carolina director of hockey operations Ron Francis in a news release. “His success there speaks for itself and it is important for his continued development that he now begins his professional career.”

Kreider had 23 goals and 45 points this past season, while Dumoulin recorded seven goals and 28 points and was second in the NCAA with a plus-27 rating.