Columbus Blue Jackets‘ 1st round pick in the 2013 draft (#14 overall) Swedish-born rookie center Alexander Wennberg(41) was reassigned for a round flight trip to minor league affiliate Springfield Falcons fairly early in his first year but then about a month later was sent down to get some scoring confidence in his game.
In 6 AHL games he was able to managed three assists with a +4 rating.
He only has 2 goals and 4 assists in 44 NHL games with a must be league leading worst -28 rating.
He was such a high selection because of his ability to connect with the net and definitely more is needed from the decently sized 6’1″ 190 lbs. that had two years of pro experience already in his home country’s SHL and Allsvenskan leagues and had performed well in the world junior championships.
The only 20-year old signed a three-year entry level deal, which extends through 2017, so some extended time with the farm team might not be such a bad idea, unless he’d flinch and go home.
The parent club is obviously wicked high on this kid and would like to see him succeed.