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01-14-2013, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Matt4776 View Post
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.

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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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