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02-28-2013, 12:15 PM
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And, then break down which zone Kreider has spent the bulk of his shifts.
Playing on the 3rd-4th lines with guys like Boyle, Pyatt, Asham, Powe, Halpern, Mashinter majority of the time, and they've spent a lot of time in the neutral zone struggling to gain the zone. And the defensive zone, being pinned.
So, yes, shots on goal will decrease.
I know it's hard for some ^^^^ to grasp deeper concepts and break downs of the game. Things aren't as cut and dry.
There are only 6 forwards on the roster who average being on the ice for more goals for per 20 minutes.
Kreider is on the ice for the LEAST amount of opponent goals for per 20 minutes
Most neutral zone faceoffs
Not on the ice for many offensive zone faceoffs
Quality of his linemates offense is bad.
Faces stiff quality of opponent defense
Kreider hasn't been in the best position to succeed offensively. Not his linemates, not where he plays the bulk of his shifts (neutral and defensive zone).
He should be playing in a position where he can succeed. It would be easier to put him in one if Gaborik and Richards were doing their jobs offensively.
Kyle Palmieri is riding shot gun and being carried by Getzlaf and Perry.
Getzlaf and Perry are doing their job offensively. The team's leaders are doing their jobs. The coaching staff and the organization can allot a young player like Palmieri the opportunity to develop along side those top performers.
If Kreider were riding shotgun with Nash, he would be on the ice for more offensive zone faceoffs, he would be on the attack for more of his shifts, he would be able to go to the net and bang in some rebounds and deflections.
Excellent post; everything is right on point. Tort's has more of a tough love policy with young players(actually all players) and I get concerned that his style may break the spirit and shake the confidence of a player like Kreider.
However, if we keep losing, Torts won't be around much longer anyway.
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