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2009 NHL Draft: Chris Kreider

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Leading up to the 2009 draft, will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. Could the Panthers draft one of these players with their pick in the first round (#14 overall)?

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2009 NHL Entry Draft Site

Chris Kreider Phillips Andover Academy
  Chris Kreider

The Lowdown:
   6-2, 201 pounds
   Phillips Andover Academy
   DOB: 4-30-91 – Boston, Ma.
   Final rank: 14. Midterm rank: 14 (NA-S)

The Shinny:
The highest-ranked high school player in the draft, Kreider still has a year left at Phillips before heading to Boston College, where he has given a verbal commitment for the 2010-11 season. Dominant player at his level. The Hockey News quoted a scout as saying, “Sometimes it’s like watching Wayne Gretzky in a pick-up game…you’re trying to decide whether those five goals he just scored were good or were they because of the competition.” Some believe he’s one of the top skaters in the draft. Had 56 points (33 goals) in just 26 games in 2008-09. Had 41 points (24 goals) in 24 games in 2007-08. Patterns his game after Alex Ovechkin because “he brings so much emotion and intensity to every shift and he is so dominant in every facet of his game.” His hockey idol is Ray Bourque. Grew up in Charlestown, in shadows of Boston Garden.  Could become the first Massachusetts native selected in the first round since 2004 when Cory Schneider went 26th to Vancouver.

NHL Central Scouting’s Gary Eggleston:
“Chris is an excellent skater with explosive speed and acceleration. His short-distance speed is exceptional. He’s sees the play ahead of time and knows what he’s going to do with the puck as soon as he gets it. He is an excellent passer and playmaker. His foot speed, combined with his anticipation and quick stick, gives him the ability to create turnovers and gain puck possession. He has both an excellent wrist and slap shot, which he disguises well and releases quickly. He can score goals in a number of ways.”

Phillips Andover coach Dean Boylan: “The scouts who see him know what type of tremendous skills he has and he obviously has great physical strength, but he’s an absolutely great character kid. He’s a great kid off the ice, a presence in the locker room and a young man who is forever looking to get better. Character is important to me and Chris is at the top.”

Kreider on Kreider: “It’s certainly a compliment to be rated high like that. But what it says to me is I need to keep working harder because every player on that list is playing harder every day, especially those (Canadian) junior players. When I’m in school, they’re probably out shooting and training; so I have to work twice as hard.”

Did you know: His dream car is “some kind of a van with enough room for half the team or so, plenty of hockey miles already on it and a killer sound system.”

His Favorites
   NHL Team: Boston Bruins
   NHL Player: Alexander Ovechkin
   Shootout move: "Fake shot, backhand upstairs. Something simple."
   Goal celebration: "With my teammates"
   Video Game: NHL '09
   Movie: Friday Night Lights
   TV Show: How I Met your Mother
   Actor: Neil Patrick Harris
   Book: The Baron in the Trees
   Pump-up song: "Never Let Me Down" by Kanye West, Jay-Z and J. Ivy
   Restaurant: The 466
   Sport (other than hockey): Lacrosse
   Activity away from the rink: Spending time with family and friends
   Breakfast food: Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Ham-and-Cheese Omelet, Sausage

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