I don't know if the injury is still slowing him down. But he looks like an average skater at best his mobility is a concern especially given the fact he is not very physical despite having good size.
Doesn't look like an upgrade on Salo so far. They miss Salo's calm demeanor and right shot.
I speculated that that could have been a part of what appeared to be laboured skating and agility.
That was a few weeks ago.
But i think his skating looks much better now, he is now joining rushes now, and his positioning has been rock solid.
A bit early to say if he is an upgrade. The plus is that he is younger, and can have similar upside.
But like many here have echoed, along with certain Hockey analysts, agreed that he really had a knack for calming down the team. When you would think the team was scrambling, or caught out of position from mad scarmbles and broken plays, there was Salo; making the right play.
Hamhuis has that sort of deft defensive ability, hopefully the younger guys can continue to learn from him.