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Joe Fortunato at Blueshirt Banter continues his conversation with Rangers Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark this time about Chris Kreider (2009 - 1st).
Clark on Boston College being a great fit for Kreider...
"What Chris had to learn, as he gets towards the NHL, is that the pros have a lot of very smart defenseman, and they're as strong as he is and some guys are even as fast as Chris," Clark said. "So he had to learn how to play a team game. And that's what [Boston College Head Coach] Jerry York was able to provide for him. And he and that coaching staff have done a great job. Everything isn't just dependent on him. At prep school it was "if Chris went we won." At Boston College you're one of the team; he's learned how to play a team game and learned how to play his position."
Clark adds that Kreider's scoring numbers are down because of Boston College's system and that he is a very underrated goal scorer.
...sounds as if, despite his drop in scoring, Kreider's overall game will benefit from learning a team concept at BC. If Gordie Clark isn't worried about it then I won't either.
I don't really buy the whole "team concept" thing as an excuse for his average, at best, production. 80% of the kids in the league will never even play in an NHL game. If he's got the skill set of even a top 6 NHL player, he should be eating guys up. Kreider just isn't there. He's gotta wake up.
I hear what you're saying but you also have to look at how well he's played at World Junior and World Championships. And as I say above if Gordie Clark isn't concerned then I'm not going to be either.