He just needs more experience and ice time. I can tell he has the ability and the right ideas but his timing was way off. Just needs to play more. Same with Kassian. He also looks like he needs better conditioning.
Ya, have to agree with this. The "he's getting used to NA ice surfaces" is a pretty weak excuse. He played 2 seasons in the OHL, then a short season in SEL, then has been back in NA for a dozen games now. Can't see why he would still be "getting used" to an ice surface that he's already quite used to. Not piling on the guy, he's young and young players tend to have wild swings in their performance. Just think its time to stop using that as an excuse ...
The game is still too fast for him, especially when the puck is on his stick. Has shown some glimpses of his skill and hockey sense though. Surprisingly adequate defensively too, which is a nice surprise. All in all I've felt he's given a respectable first showing and I'm looking forward to seeing where he is in a couple of years.
doesn't look NHL ready yet but did anyone really expect him to be?
He needs some time to develop. You could see tonight that he's looking a little lost. Didn't seem confident with (or around) the puck, looked slow on the forecheck. All developmental issues - just takes time.
Not NHL ready but glad that he's up here getting some experience. He's a guy I think needs to make the team next year for cap purposes, so hopefully he can come back and have a strong camp in September.
I would've liked to see him on the powerplay that's where I think he can do his damage at this point in his development. But he will probably need a summer of working out and getting acclimated vs men in the AHL. Would like to see him on the black aces if it ends early in Chi though.