Kreider and the Love Affair with him?
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07-17-2011, 07:13 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Long Island, NY
I think part of it is that we have had trouble finding gifted/talented offensive forwards through the draft over the past decade. We had Cherepanov but he sadly passed away. It's also coupled with how much the NHL team has struggled to score in the last few seasons.
Kreider is certainly not "untouchable" but he's close to that definition. He cannot be just a "throw-in" in a trade imo.
I've seen him play both in person and on tv. What the scouts say about him is true; the size, speed, skill, shot, and ability to beat guys 1-on-1 are all there. He has what it takes.
Now I'm pretty sure it was Gordie Clarke who recently was saying the Rangers believe Kreider is ready for the NHL. Now I dont know how true that is, if they really feel that way, or if it's some kind of negotiating ploy. Or both. However, the Rangers have not rushed college prospects in their recent past. They didnt rush Hagelin. Stepan played 2 years at Wisconsin and they felt he was ready after that. They also felt that McDonagh after 3 years was ready. And both succeeded in their first NHL season. I have to believe if they think Kreider is ready then he probably is. All of those qualities he has make it tough to trade him.
And let's not turn this into another Stamkos discussion. We have one thread on that topic and it surely is enough.
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