Thanks for replies.
He played about half of the current season without PK time after going from 'core' to 'regular'. Now he has played a bit over dozen games on 1PK after going from 'regular' to 'fringe' status but I'll check if he continues until end of the regular season/playoffs.
I would assume so. I guess I should check with the EHMassistant.
Both points make sense to me... I assume a 'hot prospect' is given more chances as a youngin' although probably not so much on PK as PP. Anyway, he had PK time from age 21-22 rookie season (not a full season) and until age 24-25, as long as he had the 'hot prospect' status. I then set him 'regular' and he lost the PK time, Then bumped him to 'core' to regain the PK later during that season. Age 25-26 season (current season) he started to screw with the 5v5 setup early on so I set him to 'regular' again and he lost the PK time again.
Because he kept being passed for the PK role by all these 'fringe' players I figured WTH and put him 'fringe' as well. Voila he is now 1PK and 4C (barring C injuries). This is what bugs me. I would assume he has a bigger role/more icetime as a 'regular' than as a 'fringe' player.
I was definetly expecting that but nope... not a complaint from the guy. I figured he is not really as good as I thought and content with lower status. Or the save is broke. I did start the game a few updates ago.