Whether they're someone who is looking to make the jump to the AHL from the ECHL, or to the NHL from the AHL, most everyone has a similar answer if I ask about what they need to do in order to take that next step.
They need to be consistent in their play.
When I spoke to Ethan Prow at the beginning of the season, I asked him about the message from coaches when they speak with him about what he needs to do to earn a call to Pittsburgh.
"They just want to see that overall game progressing forward," he told me. "They want to see that consistency. If you ever want to make that jump up, it's the consistency aspect day in and day out. No matter if its a three-in-three or what, just having your game every night."
At the time, he had already tied his career-high in goals with four through 14 games, and was on pace to break his career high in assists. Since then, he's been consistently increasing his role offensively.