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NY Post 01/14/2013: Gaborik switches sides [to LW]
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01-14-2013, 01:58 PM
Join Date: May 2007
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You said you feel Callahan or Hagelin (whom I firmly believe will always be the superior player to Kreider, but that could also be because I'm a biased Michigan student who had the pleasure of seeing him play two years ago on a daily basis) are better suited to the role I was describing (i.e. the top 6 role w/ Stepan), to which I said I fundamentally disagreed. Unless I misunderstood your comment, I'm not sure what you mean here.
And in addition, I've never stated he's a third liner at worst. He has never been a defensive type player, and never will. Could he thrive on a third-line scoring type role? Sure. But that's not how our current third line is currently built. If we had a say, Artem Anisimov, as our third line center, then I believe Kreider, Anisimov, and say a JT Miller type player could form an incredibly effective third line. However, he isn't going to get anything done with a Brian Boyle type center.
You said that I feel that he is "a better fit on the 3rd line". That's not what I said, or what I meant to say. I think Callahan and Hagelin are better players at this point, and are thus better suited for top-six duty. Frankly, I don't think Kreider is suited for a 3rd line role at all because he has so much work to do on his defensive game. However, I stand by my statements that if he can't hack it in that role, then he belongs in CT where he can fine tune those facets of the game.
I'm very high on the kid and I badly want him to succeed. However, I want a cup far more than that. I want my best players in the best spots to make this a formidable hockey team. It's a short season and we can't afford to make sacrifices just to try and put a rookie into a spot to get him more scoring chances. Especially when you consider this may be our only shot with Nash and Gaborik up front.
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