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01-10-2013, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by MPF24 View Post
Not Dubinsky-lite because he will be better than Dubinsky, most likely. But similar in style.

Kreider will make the team. He has earned a look in NHL games with his performance last season. The Whale is not a good AHL team and production in the AHL has nothing to do with production in the NHL. There are guys who score well over point per game paces in the AHL and spend their entire careers there without ever being able to crack the NHL and guys who never produced at the AHL level but are able to jump right into the NHL and succeed. I don't think Kreider's STATS in the AHL will even be looked at or considered by Torts in making his decision. Some tape of Kreider's overall PLAY might be looked at, but the stats are irrelevant. He will have different stats playing, for example, on a line with Nash and Stepan than he does in the AHL playing with non-NHLers and rookies. He will get a chance in the top six right out of the gate and his performance in the NHL is what will determine if he needs to be sent back down; nothing else.
Dubinsky looked better at age 21 than Kreider. (NHL Wise)

At age 21, Dubinsky secured a top line role with Jaromir Jagr and performed exceptionally in the playoffs being put out in crucial moments at end of games to score/secure lead.

We'll see if Kreider can replicate that.

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