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04-20-2012, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by msv957 View Post
No, I would keep Kreider. He has already been developed for 3 years since his draft year. He is just about primed and ready for the NHL. A 6'2 225 pound player who has great wheels who has had success at every level he played do not grow on trees
While I enjoy as much as the next guy, let's take a calm moment here.
Let us consider.
Snipers = strength which can be developed to ample degree, usually
PLUS hand to eye coordination which can be improved to limited degree, usually

(for example, most people can improve ability to hit a baseball; to hit baseball like Babe Ruth/Hank Aaron requires phenomenal hand-eye +).

Speed = a good skating coach may be able to slightly improve technique. Maybe.
Natural speed = a talent that can't be taught.

Speed kills.
Plus, Kreider has now bulked up and is still extremely fast.

We have no idea on the upside of Kreider as to scoring touch --- sniper would be too much to hope for; but he does have good record so far as to improvement including as to scoring.

Yakupov = sniper we expect to do well here. But that is it. Nothing more, nothing less.

So given the totality of our circumstances, not to mention Oilers need for D, we should not be trading our best F prospect(s), but something they can use that we can live with.

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