and easy to play against...lots of Jets fans are calling for him to be sent down a line or two once Ehlers is back.
I mean, he still has 27? goals but he had 25 at the beginning of December I think! I am guessing he has never had a slump, especially this big of one, in his career. Don't forget, he started out as a goalie. Maurice spoke about it in a media scrum this past week and said he has to work himself out of it and this is a player developing. Later on in his career he will be able to remember about this slump and draw from it.
This is not a player you give up on. It is easy to get angry at him but you have to remember he is 20 years old. Not many players have scored 105 goals by that age. His November was unbelievable. If I'm not mistaken, he won player of the month. His confidence is shot and he has been taken off of the 1PP. Not sure what will happen but he has to figure it out. The post-season isn't that far off and we need him. Oh yeah, there's the little matter of him being on the last year of his ELC. I heard a rumor that he is asking for 8 x 10.5 and Chevy offered 3 x 6m. I hate both offers. I'd give him a one year 6m or no more than 8 x 8.25. That's exactly how much Wheeler makes a year...is he better than Wheeler? Does he drive a line? Scheif makes 6.125m a year...is he better than Scheif? If he wants 10.5m a year, he'd better bring a better compete level and up his game. I didn't see him much in the third...didn't miss him. Scheif, Wheeler and KC didn't have a strong game but they upped their compete in the third period. Laine needs to learn how to do that. Also, if you are a scorer and aren't scoring, you'd better bring something else to the party and that doesn't include losing 95% of the puck battles. End of rant.