Value of Chris Kreider to the LA Kings
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06-18-2011, 11:51 AM
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Actually, intelligence is not the issue with Kreider. He's smart and very coachable. The biggest problem is that he needs to play a multitude of games against quality competition. That is where most criticism towards BC comes from, that Kreider, due to the fact that he came from NE prep hockey, as opposed to levels of higher competition that many of his peers have faced, has allowed Kreider to get by on his talents alone. He even admits it's a process he is going through. By playing a college schedule, and playing on lower lines due Jerry York's approach to coaching, Kreider is not getting the requisite icetime needed to further his offensive development that he would get in Canadian juniors.
Based on what I am reading, it sounds like Kreider still has a way to go with his development but has a strong upside to become the power forward people think he can become. If he is smart and coachable as you say, it bodes well for him in his development so he should have a real good chance to make it.
Schenn is the #1 overall prospect for a reason, he has flat out produced in Juniors so he has faced the best competition, including playing for his national team on multiple occassions winning 2 silver medals and in 2011 he tied the Canadian record for points in a tournament. People can talk about him being overrated, but the guy has accomplished just about everything a prospect can, plus the kid has a great attitude and work ethic so next season we will see just how good the kid is.
Kreider + for Schenn just isn't going to happen...but we do have puck moving defenseman:
Slava Voynov being the most NHL ready - he has nothing left to prove in the AHL and am looking forward to seeing him play next season, this guy has work hard and spent 3 yrs in the AHL developing his game and should be a top 4 type of player.
Strengths: Offensive upside and good technique
Thomas Hickey (despite what most think) is progressing well and with Voynov likely being in gthe NHL next season he will get additional responsibilities so next season in the AHL will tell us a lot.
Strengths: Skating ability and plays bigger than his size
Nicolas Deslauriers is not as far along in his development but looks to be something special. He should be in AHL next season, he should be ready in 1-2 yrs.
Strengths: High-end skating ability and can lead the attack
Since we already have Doughty and JJ on the team, not much room for puck moving Dmen so sooner or later we are going to have to start moving players to get the pieces we need to complete our team.
If a PMD is what is needed, there are 3 real good choices...of course, we would have to add to complete the deal.
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