"He came up at a tough time because we had a strong, strong team. It's not easy for guys to break in," legendary coach Scotty Bowman said in a phone interview last week. "He was really good coming off the wing and picking the far corner. I liked his style and everything. The unfortunate part is we had so many guys ahead of him."
"When he first came up, he was more trying to round out his game, you know," Bowman said in a phone interview Saturday. "He was learning the defensive part of the game, so he was concentrating [on that]. In college he was a good scorer. And then he comes up to the NHL, of course, he's got a different kind of game."