Value of Chris Kreider to the LA Kings
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06-18-2011, 12:33 PM
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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 occasions 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.
1) Very good read on Kreider. At this point in his development, he could be a very successful 3rd line checking forward. However, he's talents, which include not only his elite skating ability, but, also his shot. However, he still has a ways to go in his development. My impression of him is that when he reaches full development, we will see a hybrid of Tony Amonte and Bill Guerin.
2) Make no mistake, I like Brayden Schenn a great deal, and would love to see him on the Rangers. But, Chris Kreider is a personal favorite of mine, and I really do not want to see moved.
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