Thread: Chris Kreider
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04-23-2013, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by eco's bones View Post
I don't really think dumb is the right word. His hockey education is a bit lacking--growing up he never really got the competition that a lot of others in his draft class did. Big fish in a small pond--his size and extraordinary athleticism gets him through 3 years of highly competitive college hockey but so far his adjustment as a pro has not been easy. He is still learning how to play--and part of the process is to do the right thing automatically without too much thinking involved. If he'd been through all the rigors--the years that a CHL player in Canada would have a lot of what he's going through now would not be nearly as bad. The physical dynamics that he brings to the table make him potentially a special player--he just doesn't have the hockey experience that others do.
You can tone down the language, if you'd like. Seems like we're agreeing on the premise, which is Kreider's hockey IQ is lacking and hes having a really difficult time adapting to leagues where his physical tools dont provide a massive edge.

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