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05-24-2013, 07:03 PM
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Can we criticize any of these players then? They all were playing with some combination of each other.
This is really not that complicated. Kreider is an off the puck player. Last night's game winner was a perfect example of this. He's not going to carry the puck up the ice. It's not going to be on his stick very long. But he knows where to go to make himself very dangerous if the puck carriers on his line know to look for him and are capable of getting him the puck. What you saw from him last night playing with Nash and Stepan is what you get when he's used properly.

As far as his struggles this year, they are threefold. The first issue was the aforementioned problem with linemates. The second is that he was a rookie adjusting to the pro game and he needed some time to get his bearings.

The final issue is that Torts really did screw around with his development. Kreider had a tough start the season and played tentatively. It was the right decision to send him down to work on his game. But once he got sent down his game started to bloom as he began to put it together. Torts had two good options. He could have left him down there and let his confidence build and his game grow. Or Torts could've called Kreider up and put him with some skilled players and just told him to go hard on the puck. Torts instead chose to bring him up and down and play him four minutes a night on the fourth line in a role better suited for Haley or Newbury. It's not shocking that Kreider didn't thrive in this situation.

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