Pre-preseason discussion (Informal Skates, etc) - Kreider Skates w/ Rangers
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09-02-2011, 09:42 AM
DROP THE PUCK
Join Date: Dec 2007
Kreider's hands are fine.
Puck possession isn't really his style. He's a straight forward, north-south player. He likes crashing the net hard. If he has the puck, he's going to the net, if not looking for an open teammate. His passing is very underrated.
His hands are very good where they need to be. Around the net. He's very dangerous around the net.
He's a guy who likes to use his speed to get around defenders, and or get to where he needs to be.
He scores most of his goals around the net. Tips, deflections, stuff ins, quick shots from the low slot, rebounds.
He also has a great shot that he can get off at full speed on the rush.
Just don't categorize or expect him to be a player he isn't. He's not a dominating puck possession guy like Dubinsky. But he isn't a contact-shy sneaky player like Gaborik either.
He has a lot of skill, and he doesn't always depend only on that skill. And he doesn't only always depend on his physical tools either.
He can pull a "highlight reel" move, but he doesn't do it for show like Kovalev or Zherdev (he doesn't have that kind of puck skills anyway) he does it to get where he needs to get: the net.
He isn't a liability. He's turned into a capable two way player. And he isn't a turnover machine, either.
He's a good hockey player.
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