May be a blunt post you'll be reading but I've been struggling to realize where Dalpe & Schroeder will eventually play next season. Other than the fact they are both RFAs this summer, I just can't see where all these pieces will fit. Providing the confidence that the Canucks will want to re-sign Santorelli this summer, here's how I'm looking at this. You got a "so-called" first line in Daniel - Henrik - Santorelli, Burrows - Kesler - (costly FA winger), Higgins - Matthias - Kassian, Sestito - Richardson - Hansen: all as your ideal line up with most NHL experience.
You then have the likes of Jordan Schroeder, Zac Dalpe, Bo Horvat.
In the AHL (in my proposed lines (around mid-season time frame of next season))
Shinkaruk - O'Reilly - Grenier
Stuart - Lain - Ferreiro
Fox - Gaunce - Jensen
Archibald - Cassels - Welsh
You still have the likes of: Ludwig Blomstrand, Alexandre Mallet, newly signed college player Mike Zalewski... Jeff Costello who was acquired from Ottawa for Patrick Mullen - who's just about to finish his 4th season at Notre Dame...
Where do you send/place all these players?
Of course, moving Kesler could shake things up as well but not too crazily with the amount of centers we've got in this organization... "Now I wrote (costly FA winger)" because that's been the rumored proposed concept of trying to persuade Kesler to "stick around", just an fyi. Yeah, of course, we always have the ECHL .. wow-wee. Yay. But that only applies to players like Mallet & Blomstrand, maybe Costello from the way I see the projected, ideal roster to be. Would Schroeder's rights, be moved before FA? Perhaps. Where will Dalpe fit? 13th forward? Will/Could Horvat's exclusion from the big club next season trickle down and effect players like Cassels/Lain? I'm struggling to see how any of this will help the development of those that get sent down to the ECHL. More like injury call-ups to me. I'm not sure if I'm getting my concern out there and if so I'm sorry I wasted perhaps that one minute of your life and second minute of possibly responding to this post. My apologies :/