So, with the 4th best points total in the league, what should the Rangers do?
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12-26-2010, 08:08 AM
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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.
It's very premature to assume Kreider is going to make the team. It's just as premature as people that had Valentenko and/or McDonagh penciled into their lineups this off-season.
We also do not have a lot of depth at center at all if you look within the organization.
Our major problem being we have a few guys on the big club that are better suited for winger in Dubinsky and Drury. Both are good face-off guys, and I think in Drury's case a lot of people assume he's still playing center just because they see him taking faceoffs, when it's Anisimov that's playing that position regardless of who takes the draw.
So taking those two guys out of the equation, you have: Stepan, Anisimov, Christensen, Boyle, White, and then a bunch of guys in the system that project at best to be bottom 6 centers outside of maybe Werek. And who knows what Christensen's future is...we already know White has no place with the team.
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