Thread: Chris Kreider
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04-24-2013, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by RGY View Post

Hands down one of, if not, the best comparison on this board this year. Because of the expectations alone of Kreider, I think some here don't realize he is not a complete offensive player in that he can't carry a puck up the ice and constantly do it all himself like Nash times. He needs a guy who can deter attention away from him, who can get him the puck in open space. A Brad Richards. I know Pyatt has two goals in the last two games, but his game is still pretty damn slow. I think you'd get a lot more out of Kreider playing with Richards. But that won't happen.
I fully believe Kreider can score 35 goals in the NHL if he has the right mixture of players on his line. People may think relying on your teammates is a slight against a player, but in reality, there are more players who fit that mold than not. Unless he has one of those lightbulb moments where everything clicks, he's probably always going to need a guy feeding him the puck.

Now, does it have to be a Malkin-type? No, but a guy with good vision is a must. Look at the goals he scored in the playoffs last year. At least two of them were a result of great passes made by Stepan. I'd like to see him get a look with Brassard or Stepan again.

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