I feel like we need to discuss this. In several posts over the last little while people have been upset that certain players are not showing up or standing out. Maybe Rakish may venture to comment but I believe that part of the issue we are witnessing is that these players are younger than other players being compared to. Alex v. William Nylander for example. There is a 2 year age difference. We need to give our Nylander another year before starting to fret and actually probably another 2 years.
19, 20, 21, and 22 year olds don't typically look great in the NHL. There are various factors that change this. Jack is elite for example, or the are physical more mature (Chychrun). There are also special guys who find their games translate well or they played pros in Europe. Experience and age are two vital factors in finding impact players in your prospect pool. For ever player that looks like Casey Mittelstadt there are 10 players who aren't going to have that easy of time.
The other thing to consider for our prospects is that all of them have just been transitioned to a new system. The Amerks were running the Bylsma system too. Now everyone has to adjust to the new system and the results there in. Toronto for example is entering year 3 of their system, prospects know it and when new prospects come in they are surrounded by players who know it. We simply wasted 2 years with Dan's system at this point regardless of what we think of it. Some prospects will adapt to the new system and some will not. Expecting them to adapt and expecting even the full time pro's to adapt to it in 2 weeks is unrealistic. October is probably going to be up and down. November could be as well but we shall see. Either way it will be easier in the future for prospects because the pro's can help them and everyone won't be trying to figure things out.