Panarin withdrew due to an upper-body injury, which also forced him to miss Tuesday’s loss to the New York Islanders.
Hey Kreids, you’re an All-Star.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 22, 2020
Kreider, 28, has 17 goals and 32 points in 48 games this season. He has spent his entire eight-year career with the Rangers, but with his contract expiring at the end of the season, he’s expected to be a popular target for teams at the trade deadline.
This will be Kreider’s first All-Star Game appearance.
Panarin has exploded out of the gate in his first season with the Rangers. The 28-year-old leads the team in all offensive categories, with 26 goals and 68 points in 47 games.
The NHL All-Star festivities begin Friday with the skills competition before the four division teams clash in a three-on-three tournament Saturday.