Mar 27, 2019
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>RazWild</b></div><div>He's only 22 years old. He's got a lot to learn and adjust to, but despite that, the raw talent, ability and skills necessary to become a top six winger are there.
<strong>Again, he was on pace for 18 goals while averaging 10 minutes a game</strong>.
He's got really good top-end speed, smooth skating skills, and a shoot first mentality with a nose for the net. The biggest knock against him was his woeful lack of defensive skills and being a defensive liability.
Guess what, since coming to MN he's been forced onto the lower lines with the understanding that he needed to work on his two-way game in order to succeed. To date, he has improved dramatically on that aspect, and given another season or two he'll be a fine top six guy in my book.
You're welcome to your opinion, but it's clear you have little to no understanding of how his progression has come along since he left Boston. That onus is on you. Perhaps the next time someone whose spent the last year and a half of watching him play and develop tries to tell you different, maybe consider listening to them. Just a thought.</div></div>
Putting him on a line with Koivu and Hartman helped I think. I think Fiala also benefitted from being on Koivu's line and it got him to protect the puck better.