the young players have to actually play good enough in the pre-season (or what there is this year) to take a spot away from someone else.
why should they get a spot handed to them? that is how crapty franchises do it (like nonis in TO). Seriously... if they can't beat out an existing player, then why should we suck just because we give them a chance?
the rejoinder is that some players need a chance to play in the NHL. Kesler and Burrows first made it in 3rd line roles. That is AV's style. If the player can't make the team in a 3rd or 4th line role, they will never make the top 2. I don't mind this idea... Now if the GM is drafting smallish players that can never play on the 3rd or 4th line... well they won't make it anyways.
Put it this way: Parise (a smaller player) would have made the 3rd lined on the Canucks when he first came into the league. Schraeder is not that good, not even half as good probably.
Guess what? We haver not had a top 10 pick in ages... it's a total crapshoot. I like the recent drafting strategy, seems like MG has learned. His first few years he was drafting like Nonis - size doesn't matter, just give me skill. Now he is taking the larger players who have skill. So we wasted the first few years of MG drafting, but at least he is doing a better job now? anyone for craps?
Chris Tanev says hello as well
A number of comments on the OP
1. Roster mgmt as some had said may have been the cause
2. Others have mentioned it may be a cap issue? Put Kes and Booth in LTIR tmw and 'bring him back up' when he was never sent to Chi to begin with. Not sure how plausible that is?
3. Between Ebbett and Him, they bring the same game. BUT given the need to win NOW and not fall behind in the standings AV had to set aside 'development' because of the shortened season and injuries. If you can imagine, if its 82 games and Schroeds messes up here and there, and maybe costs us a few games, its not noticed and seen as learning. In a short season, a few games can be the difference between playoffs or not. So if that was his reason, while I don't like it, I get why he went with the guy with more experience.
Edited by BuretoMogilny, 18 January 2013 - 07:44 PM.