JM was a big man playing with boys the last couple of years. He was a one dimensional cherry picker sitting at the red line who racked up most of his million points scoring against weak victims such as the Don Mills Flyers, North York Rangers, etc. Saw him play a couple of games against the reputable marlies last year and he was never a factor.
Life in the O is much different for JM.
None of this DC-endorsed red-line floating.
No longer stays on the ice for the duration of every power play .
The defensemen he now faces each night are much bigger than the 15 year olds that he freely dangled around last year.
Mouthing off to players will get you a stiff upper-cut from some 6'4" 215 lb 19 year old goon and mouthing off to the ref will not only get you 2 mins in the box but also an extended stay in Foligno's dog house. Right now he's a small fish in a big pond. The potential to be an elite OHL player will be based on his ability to shut his mouth and produce big offensive numbers against bigger and faster players while playing at both ends of the ice.He's been an easy target for criticism because of his attitude and his selfish style of play but he can reverse all that perception with some serious adjustments. Good luck to JM. END OF STORY