He honestly does look alot like Hemmer though. He does the same skate around the net thing alot except from the opposite side and always looks to dish. Decent shot, nothing spectacular but no doubt he will continue to work on it because it's gotten better in the past year.
He's a playmaker first and foremost but he does like to skate hard to the net. If the pieces are in place and he's given optimal chance to succeed he could have a couple PPG seasons in him at his absolute peak. Otherwise I see a perennial 60-70 point player in his prime. He is a quality prospect.
A quick thing on the Hossa comparison, and I'll admit I haven't seen him play much at all, but Hossa is a phenomenal two-way player. He may not be physical, but his positioning is ridiculous, I'm not sure MPS is that good. While he may have a nice offensive arsenal, I'm not sure he has the two-way game of Hossa's at all. Not only that, but from reports, it seems MPS doesn't really do the dirty work, a la not the best cycler. While Hossa on the other hand is a pretty damn good cycler and creates alot of his chances off the cycle.
Does MPS have the two-way(or potential two-way) game to become Hossa? Or even the cycling ability?
I'm not sure he does. He's a quality prospect, but I'm not sure the Hossa comparisons are legit.
I'd be thrilled if he was a bigger and more skilled Afinogenov. Thats a yearly 65 pt player. We struggle to get one player to 50 pts regularly in recent years let alone 60.
One thing for certain, I want him in North America next year; meaning I'm not so sure that trying to put up points in the ultra defensive, non-contact SEL is good for his development. He has the size, skill and speed to match anyone in the NHL right now, that's a fact. As for defensive positioning, I honestly don't know, but to watch him get on his horse, going on the back check to strip the opposition of the puck is something special, and he is offensively handy enough to quarterback a power play.
If his dream is to be a star in the NHL, he should be playing in, and adjusting to the NHL and North American game. As for comparisons? Well like all our blue chippers and soon to be bluechipers (Hall/Seguin), it matters who's on the team playing with them, and the coaching style in place being taught to them. MPS has all the tools, he just needs to translate them to a different game now.