So, with the 4th best points total in the league, what should the Rangers do?
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12-18-2010, 12:14 PM
DROP THE PUCK
Join Date: Dec 2007
Chris Kreider is going to be on this team next season. And he's not going to be relegated to 3rd and 4th line play for very long. Dubinsky and Kreider are going to be our top 2 LW.
Looking at Tortorella's "track record" suggests that he has no problem at all putting a kid in a big spot if he likes him. And considering he juggles lines often only increases the opportunity.
Kreider is the embodiment of what Tortorella wants in a player: fast, big, strong, straight forward game, hard forecheck, physical, grit or "jam", hard to the net, two way play, reliable in any situation, 100% effort 100% of the time, strong desire to win, selfless, team first, leadership qualities, strong character, coachable, and the skill to back it all up, especially his hands and his shot.
He's also being bred with knowledge of what it takes to win at high levels. NCAA title, WJC gold, and has the possibility to repeat both this season.
Werek also fits the mold, and is very reliable both ways, and can take faceoffs.
To assume Kreider won't be getting top 6 minute by this time next season like Stepan, is folly.
And Werek's skating is very underrated, too. He's not a burner, but he's not a poor skater at all. He beat Taylor Hall in a skating/puck handing competition displaying how underrated his skating is.
These two are going to be big parts of the Rangers very soon, and will fit perfectly with the young guys who are on the team now.
The need for an elite wing is gone. We have a lot of depth on the wing.
We also have a lot of depth at center.
But if its possible to acquire Richards, and retain all of our core young players, then Sather is going to look into it, that's a given.
Sather has proven he will not sacrifice players he considers a part of the future core for high profile players. See: Heatley, Kessel, Kovalchuk.
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