Yes, he's got fantastic 5 on 5 stats, but even you have admitted that there was a BIG portion of the middle of the season to date where Jack was noticeably disconnected. Not in a slump. Disconnected. It was worthy of criticism.
To his credit, he seems to have gotten a message in the last few weeks.
I agree with this. And it’s exceptionally promising.
The attitude was certainly a cause for concern during that portion. But Jack wasn’t one of those kids who came pre-packaged with the default “ready for the NHL” setting, complete with press scrum cliches.
That’s not a positive in his favour, and his immaturity clearly, IMO, would occasionally show, but what matters to me is that he’s showing the ability to grow. To adapt both his game and mindset to the rigours and demands being a star in the NHL requires.
That’s promising. In many ways he was a more “raw” package as a prospect, and I think that was underplayed. And this means there is plenty more Jack Eichel potential to unlock. He’s still developing.
Edited by Bjorn Borg, 13 January 2018 - 09:28 PM.