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08-29-2013, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by DudMan28 View Post
The thing about Kreider is he is a finisher. Plain and simple. He needs to play with people that are going to get him the puck in high percentage areas. We were a team that had trouble scoring goals at times. Why not put him with the players that are going to make him better? Standing on his own, at this time, he is not a first liner. But as a pure finisher who's basic job is to put the puck in the net? I think he could handle the top 6 minutes. Hell it worked for a Jonathan Cheechoo for a few seasons.

Thats what bothered me personally about Kreider being in the bottom-6. I think he could have given this team a few more goals here a there on a better line. It was certainly troubling that he didn't embrace his role on the 4th line though. As a 4th liner he should have gone out there and earned his top-6 minutes.
He'd also have to defend against better players on a higher line. Its a balancing act. Its definitely not as simple as saying Kreider + top 6 spot = goals.

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