F Chris Kreider (2009, 19th overall, NY Rangers) II -"What's the big deal," you ask?
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01-13-2013, 02:26 AM
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All people bring up about Atkinson is his size. They brought it up in college, before he jumped to the AHL, and then before he made his NHL debut. Yet he produces at every level. Consistently.
If Kreider's 18 games in the NHL are a significant sample size, then so too are Atkinson's 27 games. If they aren't, then all we have to go by are BCU and AHL production. If we're going to argue "but just watching him shows..." then just watching Atkinson shows that his skating and shot are very high quality. He is not easily separated from the puck and is able to out-skate most of the competition. He is and has been playing at a top-6 NHL level for the past year or so.
The point isn't that I'm saying Atkinson is better than Kreider. The point is that there isn't a metric which shows Kreider to be better at the moment. Same goes for Atkinson vs. Johansen. Sure Johansen has his CHL stats, "innate ability," size, and the Falcons coaches have him focusing on defensive play over offense. What do those count for, though, if Atkinson is playing on the top line opening night and Johansen is still in the AHL?
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