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04-04-2013, 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by mike14 View Post
Because to me, players being brought in to play the same positions matching totals exactly as soon as they arrive is a weird coincidence.

It's sad because 2 players getting top 9 minutes most of the time had 7pts between them in 50 odd games and is one of the many, many reasons why this team is struggling
Miller was getting top nine minutes mostly with offensive dynamos Pyatt and Boyle. Kreider spent most of his games on the fourth line or benched because Torts gave him an absurdly short leash. It's dumb to try and draw conclusions from the results of the crappy situation they were put in.

Originally Posted by Sticky Fingers View Post
Kreider was probably the one most in need of pre season training to learn the system. Half of the posters around here had him pinned as a +50 points player, but big guys take time to adjust. And he did look better after his second call-up. Him being slowly adjusted to the big league is not a bad thing, keeping him up when he's not performing would be worse for his confidence. Now he get time to work on specific parts of his game off stage. And hopefully he will take another step in his progress to become the player we all think and want him to be, come playoff time.
Kreider was playing well during his second call up right up until Torts banished him to the fourth line a shift or two into the Montreal game and made his minutes disappear. It's not encouraging to me that Torts decided to reward Kreider's improved and seemingly productive play in that manner.

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