I have been watching him closely this season and it seems he is a bit more patient with the puck than past seasons, and instead of just shooting it right away he is looking around the ice first before making a descion with the puck, the tunnel vision syndrome seems to be not there in these 5 games.
Is it mostly because they have had Silver on their line and hes counted on the guy to shoot while Milo gets him the puck.
Not good enough of a puck handler to ever be a playmaker. Seriosuly though look at his assists.
FLA - Silfverberg goal, pushes puck to spezza
FLA -Spezza goal, chip out of zone to silfverberg that goes to spezza, EN goal
TBL- Karlsson goal, simple pass to the blueline
PIT- Greening goal, breakout pass to Spezza
Michalek is a good player but will never be known for his playmaking abilities.
Didn't like his game yesterday and would not have chosen him in the shootout. I am not seeing his speed which si what he needs to get better gaps. No matter how you cut it, the cirst 10 games will be a challenge for him and others to get into NHL game shape.
He's really not a good passer, and not at all a playmaker for others. He may be picking up assists here and there, but we all know an assist on a play can have little to do with your contribution as playmaker.
Sure the guy is finding the "easy" assist but what has impressed me the most is his ability on the boards. Michalek has become quite confident on the boards and quite often has fought off several players to get the puck to Spezza who then makes the play leading to the goal.