He's not lacking effort. If anything, he could be lacking energy. He's used to playing 50 games a season. This year he's up near 80 or 90 games. I know for a fact that most junior players, especially the younger ones, do get a bit tired at the end of such a long year.
The guy has had to transition to the WHL, play a full season, going to Russia for World Juniors, playing in the top prospects game, playing in the WHL finals, now the Memorial Cup.
That's a long season with a ton of travel.
Just want to say thank you for not completely destroying me for that idea. Your post is much more logical than my idea probably was. There are some variables there that I had not thought of