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Chris Botta on Chris Kreider (All Kreider discussion)
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02-27-2012, 09:41 PM
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Well Chris is fast but he isn't Hagelin in the sense that Gaborik isn't Hagelin.
Kreider uses his speed more like Marian. He isn't gunning up and down the ice, being the first man on the forecheck and then the first man on the backcheck every play. The only reason Hagelin can do that is because he is a fitness freak. He might be one of the best conditioned athletes in the National Hockey League. And even with Carl you see his effectiveness decrease a little when you shift him from 3rd line up to 2nd.
Chris isn't going to be able to play like Hags. And because he doesn't have a grinding type personality, he is going to need to score to be visible. I've said it before I think Kreider will either need to make an impact as a top 6 player or undergo a serious period of refinement in his game, quite possibly in Hartford to change himself into a big physical 3rd line checker.
Obviously we hope it is the first because we desperately need a scoring LW.
Careful man I just had a 3 page argument yesterday with people who swear he is the fastest player in the NHL already.
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