First round pick, 27th overall, in 2013 By the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Was a huge contribution to the Sloakian U20 teams in the past. Debuted in the KHL as an 18 year old, didn't necesarily light it up but it gave him a great opportunity.
When he was picked, I was shocked. Mostly because he wasn't supposed to go that high at all, especially first round.
Since being given an opportunity in the CBJ lineup, he has taken the opportunity and ran with it. Exceeding beyond expectations and is becoming more of a fan favorite after each game that passes. He has great potential and he's an awesome character. Extremely driven to succeed.
And I'm sure that I keep reading on this board, when people loves to diss moves made by prospects in juniors, that you would NEVER see junior moves like that in the NHL. And then.....we see them. Plenty of them. Talent is talent and it translate in the NHL when you have plenty of it.
This guy is playing so well. Continuing to surprise me. Seven points in the last five games. 2G 1A tonight.
He is playing out of his mind right now. Had a pretty frustrating game against Edmonton last night, where he took a couple big hits and had a couple non-call penalties against him, and had some close misses... He is a big reason why Hartnell was the league's #1 star last week.