it is, although the one he had before was thought, in retrospect, to have been there since his childhood injury (meaning he could have actually played in the playoffs that year) which make the new one concerning...
I can't figure out what happened with him. He looked great in his first call-up, then fell off the face of the Earth. Did he get hit really hard on the head or something?
The knock on him coming out of juniors was that he was a beanpole\too weak.
He put on weight and bulked up as the Predators asked, but his strength didn't improve all that much. To top it off, after that initial call-up, he felt that his role and position were assured and didn't take it well when he was sent back to Milwaukee after being horrible to start the season. He reported down there with a less than favorable attitude, and as a result the coaching staff wasn't eager to bring him back.
He's a good skater and good puck mover..he may eventually be an okay PP\bottom pairing defenseman, but never more than that. Too weak, too slow on his reads. Every team in the league has a Jonathan Blum or three in their system.