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08-29-2013, 09:33 PM
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What often gets lost in the Kreider discussion is that power forwards take longer to develop, and they can be wildly inconsistent in their first few years in the NHL.

Last summer, many Rangers fans were predicting that Kreider would score 20-25+ goals in his first full season in the NHL, and I always felt it was unreasonable. It took about 3-4 seasons before power forwards such as Backes and Lucic started to put it together offensively. Hartnell and Simmonds also come to mind as power forwards who had quite a few seasons under their belt before they broke the 20-goal barrier.

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