In preparation for the NHL Draft on June 26, Die by the Blade will profile potential Buffalo Sabres Draft Picks. This feature will run daily with one or two players profiled each day.
Andover (U.S. High School)
6'-2" 201 lbs.
Hometown: Boxford, MA
Date of Birth: April 30, 1991
Stats: 26 GP, 33 G, 23 A, 56 PTS
The Good - Kreider is an amazing offensive player that projects as a power forward with scoring ability in the NHL. He is a smooth skater with amazing speed or a kid his size. He has extremely soft hands and great vision. He is a threat to score or set up a goal every time he touches the puck.
He is big kid and has shown that he is fearless on the ice. He works hard and will battle to get the puck if necessary. He isn't afraid to do the dirty work that many players will shy away from. He battles in the corners and he will drive the net to make a play.
He already has a shot that is ready for the NHL and he figures to get even better. He has a rifle for a shot and has very quick hands that allow a quick release to keep goalies off balance.
He is an aggressive player in every zone and likes to pressure his opponents to force a mistake. He is a smart kid that uses his size as his biggest asset.
The Bad - It's difficult to find a negative aspect to his game at this point. He is an elite player at the High School level but really hasn't been tested because the level of talent has not been good enough
The only noticeable weakness in his game would be his play in the defensive zone. He does a decent job but will need to develop his defensive skills as the level of competition increases.
What They Are Saying
"Chris is an excellent skater with explosive speed and acceleration. His short-distance speed is exceptional. He sees the play ahead of time and knows what he's going to do with the puck as soon as he gets it.
Why The Sabres Might Pick Him
He has the opportunity to be the best offensive player in this entire draft. He has all the tools that will help him succeed in the NHL and he appears to have the desire to succeed as well. He is big, strong, fast and he is creative with the puck. He could be a steal with the number 13 pick.
Why The Sabres Might Pass on Him
There are too many questions about him playing against tougher competition. He hasn't played against the level of competition that all the other draft prospects have played against. It is difficult to get an accurate guage of the type of player he will be in the NHL. He is not even close to being NHL ready. He will need at least two years of college before he will even be considered at the pro level.