Eat my words haha. I made a prediction 5 bloody years ago about a top 6 pick that I was unhappy with during a time where we had nothing in the pipeline unless we are counting the likes of cassels, subban, shinkaruk and gaunce who I'm sure all were highly regarded by most of you elite scouts here at the CDC. I thought his IQ and playmaking was lacking(for a player taken at that position)..it is and it still is no matter how much you want to argue this but yes it has improved leaps and bounds mostly in just this past 6 weeks.
People here started doubting him and changing their tunes year by year as they finally started seeing the faults in his game that I did years in advance. I was so far ahead in terms of his projections as a player it's laughable. He's a bit ahead of where I thought he would be at this point but you're making it sound like this was an easy prediction that I foolishly got wrong.
It's funny reading guys like Alex Edler's page and seeing the best d man in franchise history get dumped on and ripped apart despite bringing it night after night and being a complete horse and our defensive rock for a decade.
Then the local kid shows up to camp looking like the Pillsbury doughboy, half asses it and floats around for a few years putting up uninspiring numbers and turning down all sorts of physical altercations and the fan base wants to erect a shotgunning Jake statue outside the arena. I'll give more respect when you show up to camp not appearing as the Michelin man, play like a real man and move your damn feet. Serve this team that I support well for a few years, give it your all and collect your millions and you will have my respect, which is what players like Alex Edler have done.
Most of the pain seems to be over and we have since drafted Hughes, Boeser and Petterson which have more than made up for Jake's
Lack of offense that you EXPECT from a top 10 pick in today's game.
Jake is looking great and is winning me over game after game but people need to relax, he's banging in goals off skates and picking up secondary assists.