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01-27-2012, 12:27 AM
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Erixon is not a McDonagh or Del Zotto who can step into the NHL almost immediately and make an impact. He needs time to adjust to the North American game and once he does he'll be fine.
As for Kreider, the expectations for him are becoming unreasonable. I have to shake my head every time I see him penciled on the top line for next season. He may decide to return to BC. He may turn pro and start the season in the AHL. Or he may make the team and start on the bottom 6 and be forced to earn his way into the top 6, just like every other Rangers homegrown forward has before him.
On Erixon, if Mike Sauer is healthy, I think that he should spend another full season with the Whale to develop, especially to learn the defensive end of the ice. His offensive game is there (20 points in 24 games, but a -4), and because he will be at best a third-pair defenseman next year. He could be an interesting trade chip for a team that might be looking for a Top 4 defensive prospect.
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