He was drafted almost three years ago, and compared to what others drafted around him have done, his blank slate has left many of us rather sore.
I agree, but I think I am one of the few that thinks it will be worth the wait. Either he will be a very good player for our 3rd line in the future or a solid 2nd line center. Either way, I am happy to have him in our organization, some take quicker to develop while others need more time.
Just hope I am right, and hey if things don't work out in the next 2-3 years, we trade him for a 5th round pick
The lack of information about him in training camp is concerning. We heard at the beginning he had a minor injury , and then literally have heard NOTHING about him since. No updates, no preseason games, nothing. For a 1st round pick thats unprecedented.
It's extremely hard to be excited about a guy that always gets injured when he has a chance to show the organization what he's got.
This is a pretty good assessment of the situation. It's not even about not doing something to excite the fanbase, he is allowing himself to be passed over by other players from his draft class (and younger).
I don't even know what to make of him getting injured at virtually every Stars camp. Is he injury prone? Is he unwilling to play through pain? Is he "hurt when he wants to be" like the anonymous Brandon teammate said of him? All of that being said, we should hold onto him for the time being. He may be nothing, he may turn into something. This AHL season will be very telling about his true progression. I'm expecting a 20-30-50 point season from him and to stay healthy. A "good pace" while playing in < 50 games won't cut it.
I'm also of the opinion that he should, virtually without exception, play in zero NHL games this season. If he comes out and has > PPG in Austin over the first half of the season then sure, but barring that or catastrophic injuries throughout the NHL lineup he needs to go through the seasoning process down there, pay his dues.
There's no impetus to trade him now. Why not at least wait to see how he does in Austin this year? At that point he is either a prospect on the cusp or a talented young guy who other clubs may think needs a change of scenery.