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12-28-2012, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Beacon View Post
For the Rangers to compete, they need Kreider because they lack depth. The difference between him being a 25-25 player and not being able to contribute is probably the difference between contending for the Cup and struggling with a lack of depth. The hope is that Kreider can at least replace Anisimov's offense, while Nash should be a significant improvement on on Dubinsky. This, plus the return of Sauer before the playoffs would make the Rangers into true contenders. But they have to play Rupp-Boyle-Pyatt as their third line, the Rangers will have serious issues.
Lack of depth?

top 6 without Kreider

Nash, Gaborik, Richards, Stepan, Callahan and Hagelin

That slides Kreider to the 3rd line LW spot. Seems to be pretty good depth to me.

Now, as I mentioned previously, Kreider with Boyle is not pretty as neither are play makers which is what a player with Kreider's skill set is going to need to be successful.

top 9 as I see it.

Kreider - Richards - Gaborik
Nash - Stepan - Callahan
Hagelin - Boyle - Pyatt

Would rather see Stepan gain confidence playing with Nash than ask him to somewhat carry Kreider. Brad Richards would be a better center for that and be more of a calming influence to Kredier at such a young age.

Also, it seems to me that Hagelin's 38 points in 64 games has already replaced AA's production. Hagelin seems to be a guy that can generate offence better on his own than Kreider can and with his speed create opportunities that Kreider cannot. Hagelin is a much more well rounded player and would be a better fit playing with a less talented center like Boyle.

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