I don't recall anyone saying Patrick, or Hischier for that matter, was coming into the league and taking it by storm. It was well known this wasn't a great draft, with no real superstar talent. But when you move up from 14th to 2nd, you take it. And I'll take the 2nd overall pick in a mediocre draft over the 14th pick all day long.
Patrick has been considered a low end 1st line/top end 2nd line centre by a lot of people in the know. Whats wrong with that? I don't have any problem wi
Hagg plays a different type of game and is comfortable staying within the parameters of the system - which is a tremendous asset for some of your defensive corps, especially if you want players like Ghost and Sanheim playing on the offensive edge.
I've pretty much given up trying to figure out why Hakstol does some of the things he does with playing time.
I'm not dogging him either, but everyone jumped down my throat last year for bringing up the same exact topic about provorov. I basically said that it's early but he hasn't been impressive...he made a lot of bad mistakes that included him tripping over his own feet and giving up goals.
He ended up the season as the best defenseman. Hopefully Patrick just needs a little more time to get used to the NHL.
Yes, absolutely. And we have recently had one of those gems in Ghost. He came in and lit the league on fire, finishing second behind Panarin for ROY. Not bad for a 3rd rounder.
I'd say Konency is another pleasant surprise for a late 1st round pick.
I think it all comes down to expectations, doesn't it? We *expect* much more from Patrick *because* he's a 2nd overall pick and we compare to previous drafts, even though the scouting on his ceiling is, like @flyercanuck said