It's all come so easy for Jonathan Huberdeau, dominating on every competitive hockey level – until now.
Huberdeau, the 2011 third overall draft pick, became the first Panthers player to win the Calder Trophy last season after putting up 31 points in 48 games, while wowing spectators with highlight-reel penalty shots and shootout goals.
While he does have seven goals and 15 points in 39 games, Huberdeau is mired in a sophomore slump with just four points over his last 18 games. No one is tougher on Huberdeau than Huberdeau, who's desperate to recapture his scoring touch and joy of the game.
"It's hard when you can't complete any, don't score or do anything to help the team, so it's hard to have fun sometimes,'' said Huberdeau, 20, who had 177 point in his last two seasons (94 games) in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
"It's your work, but at the same time it's your passion and you love it, so of course, I've got to bring some joy to the rink. It's not easy. I'm at home thin...