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NY Post 01/14/2013: Gaborik switches sides [to LW]
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01-14-2013, 09:36 AM
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Kreider won't be getting more ice-time than Callahan. More ES time? I see nothing wrong with that.
As we've seen down in HFD, for better or worse, Kreider is largely ineffective when not working with skilled line-mates. Putting him with Boyle and Pyatt would lead to a huge struggle all season long. Despite his body, he is NOT a grind-it-out type of player. He just isn't.
A line of Kreider-Boyle-Pyatt frightens me. They don't play defense well enough for a third line, and they can't score enough consistently to make up for that. If that is our third line for opening night, I will be scared whenever they step on the ice.
Did Kreider earn 2nd line minutes over Cally? Absolutely not. Cally is absolutely the better player at this stage of their careers. It's about roles to me. I also don't want Cally (especially with his playing style) to be playing much more than 20 minutes per game.
Until Kreider can show he can be a difference maker on a routine basis he doesn't deserve a 2nd line spot. Players aren't given more ice time because coaches feel they may do well. They need to prove it. Kreider getting 10-15 minutes a night is a good start for a young player learning the NHL game.
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