So lets say if he gets an NHL spot this year he would be our heavy weight 6-3, 233-pound at 19 and only to get bigger. The stars finally have a true heavy weight on their hands
What 4th line player doesn't make the team?
I'd rather Sutherby, Sawada, and Petersen make the team before him. They have plenty of people to fight, and at least at this point in his career, that is all Gazdic is going to provide in the NHL this season. The other 3 players can contribute in multiple roles.
At lease a couple seasons in the AHL/ECHL would be beneficial to Gazdic.
if you dont like Barch then you wont like Gazdic. Gaz is bigger, but wins right at or right below half of his fights. he is big, but in no way is he a heavyweight. At least not right now. I say give him a couple years in the American league.
Height and weight aren't enough to make you a heavyweight. You have to be a good fighter as well, and as is evidenced in this thread, Gazdic isn't that yet.
Also, I hate the idea that you have to have a true goon on your roster. Guys who can fight? Yeah, they have value. But I'd want them to make the roster for other reasons and have the fighting be a bonus. Gazdic isn't there yet.
I hate guys like Barch and while I loved Aaron Downey, it was because he amused me and not because I thought he contributed in a positive way to the team (but definitely to my entertainment). The Stars have plenty of guys who will fight - Ott, Morrow, Barch, Sutherby, Fistric and even Robidas will drop their gloves if called upon. That's plenty, and even a token goon for the occasional, boring token goon fight.