Through camp and a few preseason games, I’ve seen nothing to change my opinion of that.
Now, the key word there is preseason. These games don’t matter, and especially early on in the preseason, the competition he’s facing is nowhere close to what he’ll be seeing in two weeks.
What that in mind, what I’ve been looking for are good habits. Where has his effort level been? Is he showing a willingness to go to the dirty areas? And even if the competition isn’t great, is he generating offense? It remains to be seen if he can maintain this over the course of a full NHL season, but you definitely need to see it early.
So far, so good in an Avalanche uniform. Let me show you…