WJCs are great. All the kids are trying shit you'd never see in the NHL...Young, dumb and full of...officensive ability.
Yea, WJC is the only thing I would watch.
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I'm with Jimmy here. Last year during the lockout I went to two soundtigers games and they were brutal.
Like I said, he took a huge step down in competition.
He will dominate down there as a 19 NHL draft pick
At the CHL level this kid will be able to create, lead, play in all different situations, etc.
Does no good to get moved "up", and get thrown into a role that won't be your long term role.
We have a rule about players moving up "tiers" and age groups. They can only move up if they are playing in a top position.
Example, we don't allow players to be moved up to simply become 5th/6th defenseman, backup goaltenders, or bottom 6 forwards, (we only carry 9 forwards).
I don't fall on one side or the other in this debate, but I do think there's something to be said for a guy who's more finesse and less about size and speed going to the NCAA and not developing into the best offensive talent he can be.
He may come out aged of the curve as a two way player but the confidence and the style of offensive play that you may have expected going in just isn't there.
The NCAA gets the most out of guys like Kreider, who need that more physical and aggressive challenge in their developmental track.
Yeah...look how well it did for our 2003 first round pick
At least we'd have a 15-20 goal 3rd liner...
Seems he made the right move.