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11-10-2013, 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by nils2317 View Post
Does Kreider by any chance have a shot at team USA?

A few guys who people had penciled into their lineups are really underperforming, and he's building chemistry with Stepan.

It's probably an outside chance, but he's definitely playing like an Olympian right now
If two weeks from now, he is still performing at this level, then he has a legitimate shot to make the team. The numbers have been there, but it isn't just numbers. His overall game is so effective. He impacts the play every shift with his speed, size, and physical play. He wears teams down on the forecheck. He has improved even more on rushing into a corner for a loose puck and getting the body position/checking the defender out of the way to gain puck control.

And I also agree that his chemistry with Stepan has to have the eyes of the USA staff. Chemistry is a huge aspect of a successful olympic team considering the tournament is only a few weeks long in the middle of an NHL season. Stepan and Kreider played a little bit together in the WJC's. They may have that chance again.

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