Anyone been watching this guy play during this season? He's been avering 17:51 of ice time and has collected 5 points in 6 games. However, I can't find any information of him from Chicago pages in this site. Neither discussion forum has any word of his performance. He's still eligible for calder, but should he even be included in speculations?
I think this guy has caught everyone by surprise. I'm shocked to see him putting up better numbers than the more highly-touted players like Ruutu and Vorobiev. Definitely a pleasant suprise for Hawks fans.
Only problem is if Zhamnov never got hurt this thread wouldn't be here. He was in the minors and got called up after Zhamnov went out. He didn't make the team. He will end up back there when he comes back.
I hope he proves me wrong... but he seems to be a young Peter White.
To prosper, he'll need to play on the top two lines. But he doesn't really show that he has top two line skills. He's a head and hands player(which ain't necessarily bad), and those guys have to have a lot of intangebles to stick in the bigs.
At 5 on 5 he hasn't done much of anything. So just like I wouldn't go counting out Ruutu/Vorobiev/Radulov... I woudlnt' be pencilling in McLean for any long stints just yet.
Btw, I'm not dogging the guy. He does a lot of nice things out on the ice. He works hard, is pretty good on faceoffs, and is willing to pay the price to score. There just isn't a lot of "there", there... if you know what I mean. He has a decent wrister, with nice accuracy and that's his biggest asset because he can bury his chances.
LIke I said, I hope he proves me wrong- we need all the help we can get right now.