I know he was sent down. Regardless it was only 11 games and he was just as dominant then.
What I was saying was that Karlsson stuck so far because he was as advertised early on. He tore everything else raising such high expectations that since he never capitalized in the TOP-PAIRING ROLE, he was sent down for a little stability especially in his weak physical game as that was one of the biggest issues. Zibanejad hasn't even been doing well in the AHL with a MUCH better cast.
They aren't comparable being one was still supremely dominant at the time compared to the other.
Now, I'm not saying Zibanejad is bad, I'm saying he isn't at the level of Karlsson at the same stage.
no Karlsson wasn't dominant in his first month in NA i don't know what alternate reality your living in , sure he had flashes but those were it. No ones saying Zibanejad and Karlsson are on the same talent level.
It's not like he tore up the SEL last year and just needs some north American seasoning before he joins the big club...
Last year he struggled with a concussion on a bad team hindering his development and has now came over with more adversity to our hockey. I doubt he make sens roster if this season starts but it should be a good year for his development.
The expectations are a little high right now IMO.
Pretty understandable why expectations might be high. We picked him quite high in a ****** year for the team and passed on Couturier to take him.
Mika's looked good this game.
Stone is amazing, he skates like Heatley did but his awareness is incredible and he is so unselfish - he needs to be more assertive and take control, it's almost like he's taken it upon himself to get everyone else a goal on the team before he does.
Only player I am really upset we passed on is Hamilton, as I have been pretty much since it happened. And that's in no way a slight against Zibanejad, I just think Hamilton will be a top 30 DMan in the NHL.
What happened? Karlsson, Ceci, Cowen, Wiercioch, etc disappeared?
Plz God give us NHL hockey, I spend like 10 minutes a week on HF and can't even stand all those hindsight comments about "should pick, shoulda pick"... quite annoying and 100% useless, just be happy with what you have or you'll always be unsatisfied.