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02-27-2013, 03:52 PM
DROP THE PUCK
Join Date: Dec 2007
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What exactly is Kreider being asked to do that he hasn't been asked to do before? BC played about as close to a Tortorella-esque system as you'll find in the NCAA. Hard on the forecheck, responsible in your own end. He hasn't managed to do either of those things at this level this season, and you expect the coach to stick him on a line with Nash so he can find open ice? That's entirely unreasonable. We're not asking the kid to kill penalties, or shutdown scoring lines, or even QB the PP.
I find it ironic that you give Kreider a pass for doing the exact same things you crucify Gaborik for. I.e., inconsistent effort on a shift-to-shift basis, being invisible on the ice, not engaging physically, etc. Kreider is of no use to us if he can't play a regular shift without being a liability.
Just because Kreider has great physical and offensive tools, it doesn't mean he gets a pass to a scoring line role. He needs to earn it. Just like everyone else.
Oh please. In Montreal Kreider was one of the only forwards putting a full effort in.
The next game was a less then stellar performance.
This is what rookies are expected to be like.
Gaborik, on the other hand, is an 11 year veteran, earning 7.5 on the cap. Is looked at to be a leader. Is looked at to be a primary scorer. When Gaborik doesn't show up for over a month its a HUGE problem.
When Kreider, who is 21, has 11 regular season games under his belt, has a bad game, it should NOT be a HUGE issue the way it apparently is right now.
Why is it an issue? Why can't a rookie be allowed to develop in the background? Because the primary players have disappeared.
This isn't a hard concept to grasp.
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