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10-09-2011, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Sevanston View Post
Kruger didn't have any hype when we drafted him. Only after his draft year did he really start getting any hype.

You can fall back on your persecution complex all you want, but Kruger showed just as much as Pirri. No more, no less. Both showed less than Saad, who had an good game last night.

At this point, I would say none of them deserve to be on the roster over Smith, Stalberg, or Carcillo.
This has basically been my thought process since the offseason started and multiple posters here had Kruger penciled in to start on the third line with Bolland playing the second.

The kid lit up Europe. That's promising. He can play defense at the NHL level. That's good for a first year player. What he isn't is some super elite checking center that rivals Pahlsson in his prime. He's solid defensively. He's not Hossa. He's a marginal fourth liner at this point. Pirri is a project top six forward that created more offense in his single NHL game then Kruger has in all of his combined.

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