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10-31-2013, 02:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
What kind of "mistakes" are you even talking about? I keep seeing this myth being carried out. Back here in reality, the kid started moving his feet, imposing his will, and forcing his way into the dirty areas of the ice. Are you insinuating Tortorella didn't preach that to him? How does one make so many mistakes in stone-age Tortorella land? You're lucky thats not really the case, because it would've meant hes an idiot hockey player. Its much better - again, here in reality - that something clicked and he started skating.
What mistakes? Kreider spent most of his time in the offensive zone NOT imposing his will or moving his feet. He seemed lost, he wasn't finding the open lanes. He wasn't moving well without the puck in the offensive zone. Defensively he was horrible. Tortorella wasn't wrong for being critical of Kreider's game, but the way he handled it was clearly not the best way for a kid like him to learn.

To get to a non-Ranger who was mentioned earlier in this thread, his WJC linemate Jeremy Morin is taking a similar path it seems. They were both big, physical forwards in that WJC who could also score points with the best of them. They finish their checks, forecheck hard, etc. etc. Morin is finally starting to put everything together in the Blackhawks organization this year (after going the OHL route, mind you), Kreider is putting it together here. You have to remember that these kids are 22, and at a junior/college level they can impose their will on guys based on their size and strength. No matter how strong you are compared to the next biggest 20 year old, you're not pushing around NHL players. Kreider's adjusting to playing with men instead of college boys.

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