He's earned nothing, he's proven nothing, and putting that kind of pressure on a rookie player is exactly how you screw a player up.
He should probably be in the AHL, developing. But, injures.
Under that same logic Richards, Gaborik, Boyle, and half of the rest of the team didn't deserve to play for the majority of this season...
He's proven he has talent, as other more experienced players in this league have. He needed to show he would have consistent effort, and I agree his first AHL send down was warranted, but everything after has been a mis-allocation of his abilities.