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Kreider Told to Watch Hagelin

Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that the Rangers’ coaching staff has given Chris Kreder specific instructions to watch how Carl Hagelin pursues the puck…

“I was told to watch Carl Hagelin, watch how he plays pretty closely, how he hounds pucks and the puck pursuit and the energy he brings to the game,” Kreider said Thursday morning, hours before the Rangers’ 4-2 win. “(The coach) have emphasized puck pursuit, not so much speed with the puck but speed without the puck, being able to bring that to my game, being able to hound pucks and harass defensemen.”

…last night was the perfect game for Kreider to watch Hagelin as he was an animal on the forecheck. The fact that Kreider is just as fast as Hagelin but possesses more offensive ability has me down right giddy for this kid’s future.

I’ve mentioned how impressed I am with Kreider’s maturity here’s another example via Leonard…

“In the morning, when Kreider arrived at his locker to be interviewed, he asked that the session be moved to an adjacent room away from the team’s private area, as if he did not want to give his teammates the wrong impression by holding court the morning of a playoff game despite not having played a game in the NHL.”

…impressive.

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