He's making progress, but I don't think anyone's really happy with how fast he's progressing. I think we were all hoping for more from him, and at this point, I no longer think he has the top end I saw for him a few years ago. I think a reliable checking center, good for 20+10 or 25+10 a year, may be the best we can hope for. Chouinard numbers, but better defense than Chouinard - a poor man's Wes Walz. He'll have a career, and he'll play a role on the team, but he'll be the kind of guy who has to fight for his job every September.
I like the guy, though. I think a lot of people are too hard on him. He is what he is, you know - it isn't his fault he's not Marian Gaborik. He works hard, tries to do whatever's asked of him, and seems like a really great guy. I'm glad to have him on the team, and I think people would miss him a lot more than they realize if he got traded or cut.
I just realized we didn't answer all of your specific questions, Markov. He does get PK time, but not much PP. He's defensively responsible, a smart player, and a terrific skater. Just not a lot of offense, especially compared to the numbers he put up in the Q.
He doesn't fight much, but when he does, he's a tiger. He's no heavyweight, but if you push the wrong button, he'll go after you like a bobcat. I like seeing him go off on a guy; you can tell his heart's in it.
Mistakes? No, I don't think so. Not so many that I've noticed, anyway. Nothing excessive for a young player seeing his first full season in the NHL. I really think he'll have a better year next season, and I think he'll see much more ice time. I think the Wild are grooming him to replace Walz as the shut-down center a couple of years down the road.
Wild Thing is right about Veilleux. He's a good skater and doesn't make very many mistakes, but he is no offensive dynamo. His future lies in a checking line role. That certainly isn't a bad job to have, and there is definitely a future there. He just most likely won't be making any all-star appearances.
If he just had a few more vowels in his name he would be much better...sorry...
Something about his game I really like. Obviously he's not a numbers guy and what he's asked to do doesn't fill the stands with jerseys with his name on them, but I think he's become a favorite of Lemaire's. Works and works and works. Has a John Randle motor (sorry again). Decent skater and an adequate passer. His checking and tenacity are what brings him in a paycheck.
I think Jacques has a soft spot for players like this.
Thanks for all your answer !! Very apprecieted.
I have one remaining question, I realize is the worst Wild player for the +/- column. Did It's only becuz he play against big player of other team or .. ?