Thread: Player Discussion: Chris Kreider
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04-22-2013, 01:31 AM
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Question from the outside re: Kreider

I see the thread about him below, and I read through it... unfortunately for me, it didn't necessarily delve deep into the things that I wonder about him at the moment... I'm curious about him this year, on the whole, and then looking forward:

- biggest problem with him this year? or, in better form, what has been the biggest hindrance on him taking that next step towards becoming an effective, top-6 regular that seemed imminent this time last year?

- I've certainly seen varying opinions of the relationship he has (or lacks) with Torts... understanding that Tortorella holds players to a certain standard, has any part of his 'sheltering' (for lack of a better term) been unjust/unfair/unwarranted?

- he's so young, very raw, oozes potential...has a rare combo of size, good speed, hands/puck skills, and a good shot... is this a hiccup/bump in the road that comes with development as a prospect (particularly that of the NCAA prospect ilk), or are you worried that he might not live up to lofty expectations in the form of being a top-6 certainty?

- what do you think about him regarding the intelligence aspect of the game? Safe to call him a moderately smart forward? Worse than that? Better than that? How's his knowledge of the game and the forward position?

Unfortunately, the shortened season and condensed schedule hasn't allowed me the normal routine I've had every year I can remember watching hockey to keep my finger on the proverbial pulse of the Blueshirts as my "default second team" being in the suburbs. I ask out of sheer curiosity and lack of ability to dissect as I would in a normal season.

Thanks in advance, all, and I'll be pulling for you come May.

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