Well I've watched him play in the OHL many times, and his skating was fine. He was able to keep up with alot of the faster players.
So it either comes down to fitness, which some have claimed is not a problem. Or it comes down to work ethic. If he had the work ethic, he would have stayed on the team. Because you don't send a guy of his size and skill down if he's working hard and looking like he'll improve.
Hopefully he'll be able to adjust to the faster pace and come back a better player.
I too watched him in the OHL as well. His skating was fine for a junior league, but it stood out as a major drawback in the AHL where i watched every one of his AHL games last season. It was a major issue, which was why i was excited to see him this season with the Wolves to see if it improved. Doesn't look like i'll get that chance yet.
He is a fit guy, ripped even when you see him in pictures this preseason. It isn't fitness and from what i've seen of him on ice, it isn't work ethic.
We just sent down a guy in Polasek who has size, skill, and a year of AHL experience to the ECHL. The way he left off last season, he was looking very much like an AHL calibre Dman, at the very least. But the way things are due to the lockout, he got sent down. It's just the way things are this season.
Edited by DJ Kreuzberg, 11 October 2012 - 01:34 AM.