sil wrote:Jeffrey is prone to some big turnovers in the defensive and neutral zones, and that's what scares me the most about him. I think he can be pressured fairly easily. Sort of the opposite of what makes Adams steady enough to play 4th line duty...smart enough to not panic when handling the puck. Jeffrey's looked good in two preseason games, but I'd want to see some major consistency when he has the puck before I'd declare him a regular in the lineup. If he can figure out that one aspect of his game that seems to still give him trouble, than I could easily see him as a regular contributer.
I do agree that Jeffrey appears uncertain of his role at times, and I believe that is part of his development. When he was first drafted and spent his first season at WBS, he was primarily a defensive-oriented forward. He was then tasked by the coaches to become a much more offensive-oriented forward and he was able to adapt and put up points at the lower levels. When he was first brought up to the pens, he was supposed to be more of a scorer and then got hurt.
It appears that he can be either offensive or defensive but struggles to be both in between. When he was filling in last season, he brought a good defensive effort but lacked any offense, and this certainly could be due to coaching and his early bad turnovers- which he had a lot of in his first few games playing bottom 6. I just think there is a better chance of him developing a complete game at wing instead of center. He's a smart player, but he is slow which is very noticeable in this offense when he was playing center.