The big 6’5″ and lanky 205 lbs. forward flew under the radar through most of his school playing time but then started to picks up steam in his third campaign and that peaked with the title in 2012/2013.
Scouted as a bit slow on his skates and having a less than smooth style he began to gain notice as a potential power forward despite the setbacks.
He’s somewhat proving his critics wrong with a decent showing of 8 goals and 7 assists, while unloading a healthy 123 shots on net through 63 AHL games with minor league affiliate Norfork Admirals, but also has a less than accountable -8 rating.
The 23-year old is signed through the current season but looks to be a shoe-in for a qualifying offer and with some more hard work put into his game may just get his shot at cracking the NHL.
Original story 4/1-14
He finished his first year with 10 goals, 8 assists in 72 games and was given an extension for a second season.
In his sophomore campaign he upped his totals in the AHL playing a new high 73 contests and scoring 14 goals and 21 points. He still carried a -6 plus/minus but was on a team that found ways to lose on a nightly basis.
It would be surprising if he didn’t increase his game to another level.