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05-11-2009, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by vad87 View Post
Is Kreider in the same situation that Kopitar if we look at the 2005 draft? The kid plays in a less competitive league but he's outstanding. If you remember the 05 draft, everybody knew that Kopitar had a lot of skills, size,etc but everyone was also doubtful about the competition level he faced(playing in Slovenia). Kreider as amazing speed, great offensive skills, good size and could be a hell of a center for years to come.
Kreider playes in the US prep league, it's less competitive but still a well known league. The Habs have had, Higgins, Pacioretty and Paquet all play in the same league as Kreider so they know what to expect from that league vs Kopitar who I assume is the only player drafted from Slovenia although I could be wrong.

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