Thread: Player Discussion: Chris Kreider
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02-27-2013, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Trxjw View Post
The fact that Gaborik's play really has nothing to do with how Kreider is performing and how he should be evaluated certainly seems like a difficult concept to grasp. Kreider can develop in Hartford. Right now, he's not contributing anything to a team that is supposed to be competing for a cup.

"He's a rookie! Look at Gaborik!" doesn't mean a whole lot. Rookies are expected to contribute something and Kreider is not contributing. Blaming Tortorella and building straw men doesn't change that fact.
It has everything to do with it.

When top players are performing like top players, support cast can do their jobs without as much scrutiny on them.

No one would care if Kreider was struggling, if the top players were our top players and the team were winning.

If they want him in the AHL, fine. Send him down. He needs to play.

You mean to tell me, that the way the team plays has no effect on each player? So when the defense doesn't do their job, it doesn't make Lundqvists' job harder? And I'm building straw men. OK.

If the team were rolling the way they should be, he could play in the top six at times, he can move up and down the lineup. They could afford a rookie learning on the job.

There are many variables to every situation. It's never simple cut and dry.

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