All-Encompassing Call-ups Thread (4/29: Thomas, 9 others recalled to NYR)
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03-01-2013, 02:30 PM
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I think everyone here is aware that I was the first and most fierce critic of Kreider, but let's hold our horses. He's still just barely old enough to buy beer, let him develop. All the projections of him scoring at a 20-30 goal pace this year are obviously crap, but long-term that's still very much a possibility, even a probability. There's no reason to give up on him. His speed, size and shot are still excellent. Any coach will be able to explain to him how to use those assets well enough to be at least a very good third liner.
He needs to stop trying to be Nash and KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). Skate north, try to stretch the defense with you speed, and hope that will create an opportunity to score using your hard shot. If it fails, then use your size to drive to the net to screen the goalie and/or get garbage goals.
It's really not rocket science for Kreider to become a 20-20 player, hopefully more than that.
I still dont buy that kreider isnt working hard. In fact you can see he is working on trying to play the way Torts wants players and he has kind of sacrificed his main asset which is his offense. My one gripe with torts is that he spends way too much time on defense/blocking shots he has to open it up a little which is where i think kreider will strive. Also the ankle injury didnt help at all I've had a similar injury before and it took a while to go away. i think kreider will be back in a few weeks and will do very well after a stint in the AHL
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