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Chris Kreider (Broken Jaw; Out 4-6 Weeks)
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03-11-2011, 04:56 AM
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Its impossible to tell whether Kreider will have immediate success at the NHL level. This whole thing is hypothetical. But you really cant say that Stepan was a prolific goal scorer at the NCAA level. He actually had fewer GPG than Kreider. What reasoning or logic do you have for saying that Stepan can score goals at the same rate he did in college, but Kreider can not? Its unfair.
I agree with you it's all hypothetical. We're projecting and nobody knows for sure.
Stepan's assist totals last year were tied for the most in Division I college hockey. His overall points per game were tied for 9th. As a sophomore playing for a top team, those stats indicate that Stepan was dominating his peers and that he was ready for the next level. His role was more of a playmaker than a goal scorer in college, but he undeniably was playing at elite level for his age.
Nevertheless, I think it would've been foolhardy for the Rangers to expect Stepan to step right in and produce right away. They had to be prepared that he'd need some time in the minors because producing in the NHL is never a given. It worked out nicely this time, but it doesn't always.
Kreider has had some moments of brillance, most notably his performance in the WJC, but his overall production has been just average. Nothing about his production has shown consistent dominance over his peers. If he isn't dominating college kids, as Stepan did last year, it can't be a given that he plays in the NHL next year as a top 6 forward and scores 20 or 30 goals. There are dozens of players in college hockey with similar production to Kreider, and it's unlikely any of them will be top scoring forwards in the NHL next year.
Kreider will be 20 years old next season. There's plenty of time for him to develop his skills. I just don't expect it to happen next year.
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