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08-16-2013, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Championship View Post
A whole 4 years huh? Must be an expert.
What a constructive way of continuing the discussion, tell me more!

I just wanted to lay it out that Kreider is seemingly given preferential treatment by parts of our fanbase that hasn't been extended to any of our other prospects.

What makes him so different?

He was a 1st round pick? McIlrath was a higher pick and doesn't get the same treatment. The same goes for Miller.

He impressed at the WJC? He was good, but not near the level of Stepan - who didn't get the same treatment.

I would LOVE for Kreider to develop into Erik Cole or Max Pacioretty, but we can't afford to force him into the lineup and hope he does. Chris got absolutely buried last year, and it was obvious to the eye as well as on the statsheet. Pacioretty went up and down for several years before he stuck - let Kreider figure out how to play with the pros and when he is ready he is ready and will force himself into the lineup like so many has done before him. Max had 17 goals and 32 points in 27 games for the Bulldogs at the time of his last ever call up at 22 years of age.

Let's see how he does in camp, hopefully he'll blow us all away!

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