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07-11-2013, 04:10 PM
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nyr5186
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Originally Posted by Clowes Line View Post
Stuck him on the 4th line and gave him 3 minutes a game. Either play the kid, or give him top line minutes in the A. He was never given the time of day by Torts. One mistake, and he's on the 4th line.

How can you expect a 21 year old to learn from his mistakes and correct on them if he gets punished for every mistake and gets no chance to redeem himself? Either play the kid, or let him play in the AHL.
Not defending Torts' handling of Kreider, but I think the main reason he gave him such a short leash was due to the shortened season and the fact that we were on the brink of falling out of the playoff race for most of the season. Every game was magnified, we couldn't really afford to deal with growing pains. If it wasn't for the team sort of coming together and going on a good post-deadline run, we don't even make the playoffs. The double standard in the whole situation was the fact that Torts was willing to deal with Miller's gaffes for most of the year but treated Kreider like a yoyo.

I fully expect Kreider to be given every opportunity to earn a top 9 spot on this team next year. What he does with that opportunity is up to him. As others have mentioned, he undoubtebly has the tools to be a major contributor. We just have to wait and see what happens.

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