Quick run down for San Jose fans (we should just merge forums guys!):
2006-07: has a great year in the Q, improving offensively quite a bit, hell of a two-way center
2007-08: completely dominates in some CHL preseason games and gets an NHL deal...plays for Lemaire on the 4th line and limited minutes, very snake bit offensively. Work ethic is questioned and he clashes with Lemaire some.
2008-09: plays third line center and does a decent job, but still not looking like a 1st round talent...obviously lost all confidence offensively and tries to play a more physical game, which isn't impressive.
2009-10: new coach and fresh start, he looks pretty bad most of the year, slow foot speed, no offensive ability, can hold the puck decently on the boards but that's about it, lots of time in the press box.
2010-11: lots of talk in the offseason about needing to prove himself, signs a 1-year deal, and then injures himself on an ATV before training camp...spends the entire year injured and then rehabbing after getting surgery on his knee.
My outlook is that he's going to have to really dedicate himself to become a bottom six player in the NHL. Poor foot speed combined with a serious knee injury doesn't give me confidence. He was supposed to be one of the smartest players in his draft year, but never showed it. Seems like the game passed him by. Not much to speak of offensively either. Good size though.