A hockey player doing whatever he can to help his team win. That's a role suitable for his first full year until he proves he's more valuable over the other players ahead of the depth chart.
Everybody knows Kreider's not a bottom-6 guy. This is a good role for him for early on though. Let him crawl before he walks. If he proves he's too good for that role, all it takes is a couple of seconds to tweak things, which Torts will obviously do over and over against our wills.
I think Kreider moves up around the 10-15 game mark if he starts on the third line. I think Hagelin's offensive numbers last year are a little, unrealistic. Would love to be proven wrong though.
any line with Brian Boyle needs to shut down the other team's best players. Otherwise outside of the pk he is completely useless. So, with that said, his line should have experienced checkers who will not be discouraged by the lack of offensive chances. That is not a good situation for Kreider. You are better off leaving him in Hartford.