He's performed well when put in an offensive role. He plays in a third-fourth liner role without hurting his team = he's good enough for that league.
He played well for a guy of that age, but the SEL is a solid league. He's most probably the worst forward on his team, and he's a stricly offensive player. There's no point of keeping him on a fourth line where he probably won't put up more than 10 points. And of course it's hurting his development.
Surprised Has management was creative enough to buy out his contract and get this kid into major junior hockey.
He would have had alot of ice time and could have begun adapting to the smaller ice surface in North america. He is not going to develop too much this year in his current conditions.
This is some pretty bad work by Bergevin for a player with alot of upside.
I'm not sure you can fault Bergevin for that, as I'm not even sure it's technically possible. Can you list any Eliteserien players whose contracts were successfully "bought out" by an NHL club, regardless of motivation?
I think they wanted him to remain in Frolunda. Timmins spoke highly about the fact that he is part of their organization. Whether their top prospects play a lot in the SEL or not, they still produce great NHL talents.