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10-31-2013, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by we want cup View Post
The two aren't mutually exclusive. Getting to the net is different than parking in front of the net. Kreider's speed would be useless if he was "parked." The "watch how Hagelin plays" stuff was abut moving your feet, using your speed to get around defenders, winning races, etc. He didn't tell him to BE Hags, but he clearly wanted CK to adopt some of the characteristics of Hags' game (the very same characteristics that have made CK so effective over the last 3 games).

Left wing Chris Kreider, perhaps the fastest skater on the Rangers, is learning to ease off the throttle. It was something he tried to alter during his stay in Hartford before he was recalled last Monday.

"I'm slowing my skating down a little bit . . . trying not to get too far ahead of the play, timing plays a little bit better,'' said Kreider, 22, who picked up his first point, an assist on Brad Richards' goal, in Philadelphia. In early preseason games, he said, "I was just going a million miles per hour every shift; instead of trying to do A, B and C, just try to focus on A."

Kreider is not Hagelin but the previous coach tried to make him into Hagelin without having seen him play a single second.

Rookie Chris Kreider, who joined the Rangers on Wednesday and was a healthy scratch Thursday night, had a Game 1 homework assignment: Keep your eye on No. 62.

"I was told to watch Carl Hagelin," Kreider said. "How he hounds pucks, the puck pursuit, the energy he brings to the game."

Kreider does not play like Hagelin who plays like the energizer bunny.

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