19 the season before, and 19 the season before that, how impressive.
Really, what shows me how valuable of a second round pick he was is the 0 points, -4 rating in 13 AHL games, stud
Mallet's scoring problems have been easily diagnosed which is why he was picked. He was played as a 3rd or 4th liner grinding, checking and fighting for his first years in the Q. Then he got on the top six because someone realized he had talent and he put up 80+ points (and another 25 in 21 playoff games including 10 goals).
Then he gets a chance in the A and Arniel plays him on the 4th line. He can hit and fight and did both against the heat but got almost no time on the ice despite his 13 GP. The only guy who spent more minutes on the bench than Mallet was Arniel. Plus if you've been watching the Wolves at all this year, you'd be taking their production with a grain of salt given the botch job Arniel has done on that team. Arniel wouldn't have the coaching sense to play the Sedins together.
So Mallet goes down to the ECHL but he gets played as 4th liner for the first few games. Then he scores a goal and it's not garbage so they move him up and suddenly, he starts scoring again. Since then he's been going at a point a game and is 3rd for +/- on the team.
I'm sure you're getting the picture here. Mallet's production only suffers when he gets low minutes on checking lines. He's a top 6 power forward who has been forced to play as a grinder. His ceiling is very high but even if he doesn't reach it, he'll still be useful with his ability to fight and make big hits.