He's definitely improving in the right direction, and his offensive game has only gotten better. His defensive game is improving, but at 21, I think his offense is only going to carry himself as much as his defense will allow him too.
I think there is one solution - Tampa needs to develop(Cal Foote) or sign(Johsh Manson?) 1 or 2 defensive minded RHD, and then pair him with Serg, so the ther guy takes care the defensive responsibilities most of the time, so he can be more free, and when he needs to come back, uses his speed to get back + his body to hit some guys hard.
Not everyone can be Hedman, who is flying on the ice, doesn't matter what happens... He def played his best hockey last 5-10 games.
Hope he can keep it up, then we'll see what happens in the playoffs.... hopefully we go at least 1 round, then anything can happen in the 2nd round....
Then it's conf finals already... probably we lose there though... but it's ok... maybe we sign some guys before trade deadline, so we have a small chance there... Serg gonna be better for sure in the playoffs this year.... last year he was kinda lost on the ice... like the whole team and he was NOT physical at all.. like we just got pushed around like crazy by guys like Josh Anderson and Boone Jenner, Foligno etc...
It's not gonna happen again with the changes we made since start of the year... i hope we don't trade him and give him a fair deal(like a bridge first, then if he develops what he needs to be, then big contract).
On topic - Latest advanced stats:
12% to make the playoffs- ouch... - Skinner - not a good contract if i want to say it nicely