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11-17-2012, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by ColonialsHockey10 View Post
And he's been Beanpot MVP twice, had two excellent WJCs with less then ideal linemates, won two national championships, including being his teams best player for the second won, and been the youngest player invited to the WC for the US in god knows how many years.

Yet he's never looked better then when he was playing with the Rangers in the playoffs. For the foreseeable future, he will be getting minutes with skill centers like Richards and Stepan, as well as a defense core that can't shoot for ****, but they all have excellent passing skills.

I agree, it's a tough transition to the AHL. I don't think his stats (which aren't even terrible) are a representation of "learning the ropes" though.
There is no guarantee who he will play with on the Rangers and in any case, there are no NHL games being played at all right now. Plus, just because Kreider played well in the playoffs doesn't make him an automatic star in any league.

Kreider had an advantage in the playoffs--very few people had really seen him play. That' not the case anymore and coaching staffs in the AHL have a gameplan when they play the Whale. He's going to have to learn how to deal with the attention any good prospect faces on and off the ice.

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