Thread: Player Discussion: Chris Kreider
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02-27-2013, 03:50 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.
Agreed, but he is a rookie and some people love shiny new toys.

I think while Torts' leash might be a little short on Kreider, he in no way has shown anything this year that deserves 1st or 2nd line minutes. Players should have to earn their minutes. But, he shouldn't be playing any lower than 3rd line with about 8-10 mpg.

When healthy I would like to see the Kreider-Miller-Cally line be put back together. I think Kreider can benefit alot by playing with Cally, not only skill/smarts wise but energy wise as well.

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