What is Blake Comeau? How can he go from "dumb, heartless third liner" to "possibly a core player" simultaneously?
Bailey, Comeau and Tavares have disappeared for long stretches. So has Schremp. So has Okposo in prior years. Younger players go through this, even the best ones, so it's somewhat expected.
We lose patience with Comeau because he's OLDER and it seems unforgivable that his effort is inconsistent at times, regardless of his output. But these are growing pains for the most part.
I'm not saying Comeau will overcome this and become that consistent performer. But I do know this, when Comeau's on his game, he's every bit as good as any forward on this team. His combination of size and speed, with the talent he does possess gives him a complete toolset that few forwards have. There's a lot there, hopefully he can fight his way thorough.
We know the Islanders aren't helping ANY of these guys with the lack of NHL talent. I just hope this is the LAST YEAR of this nonsense.