1. Use his speed to drive to the net
2. Use his speed to go around the net
3. Get rid of it to a gaggle of trailing players so he can avoid contact
3 was the obvious NHL choice.
That doesn't change the fact that it was executed well. Also, it wasn't like he just dropped it off, he snapped both wrists and sent the puck southeast, right on target. Is it the hardest thing ever? No. But it was still a good pass at high speed and created one of the best chances of the period.
Seriously, it's the dawn of year three, get off the kid's back.