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01-07-2013, 04:49 PM
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Kreider - struggles out of the gate, and 2/3 of the board flips out. He picks things up as the season progresses, but people stop seeing him as a potential 30-40 goal scorer and begin seeing him as a nice 2nd line winger who could probably be a 25 goal - 25 assist guy.

Ranger staff needs to handle him right. He shouldn't be given real responsibility. He needs to be told to skate to stretch the defense, to hit when the hit presents itself without going out of position, and to play decent defense. He can be score 5-7 goals, 7-10 assists over 45 games (this projects to about 27 points per 82 games), while making the team faster and more physically intimidating.

This would be very decent for a third line winger. Last year, our 7-9 forwards in scoring averaged exactly that: 27 points, and they weren't as fast or as strong.

However, people here were competing last summer for who will project more ridiculous offensive numbers for Kreider. No, he won't be a 25-25 player out of the gate, though he could certainly do that in the future.

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