Ok so this is coming from lots of talk on here about leaving spots on the roster for young guys to have their chance at the NHL level (mainly our D)
So the question is what should the avs do? go out and use trades/UFAs to get players to fill up our lineup going into camp or save a few spots and let our rookies fight their way onto the opening lineup??
My opinion is fill up the spots and make the young guys really deserve to steal that spot from a real NHL player and if they are unable to do that keep them in the minors until injuries allow them to get their shot
Elliott's performance last year should have been prime example #1 of why you shouldn't just give these guys spots. I like Elliott as a player and I believe he'll be good-great someday, but you couldn't just let him be fed to the wolves for an entire season. He clearly needed to be back in the minors. You can't pencil in Elliott and Barrie until they compete and win a job.
Bring in lower end vets and let the kids beat them out.
I think it really comes down to the kid. Elliott I think you can't plan on being ready, Gaunce on the otherhand I think would beat out Wilson for a spot next to RoB. So, given his play in the AHL, his experience and talent, you can expect him to win a training camp battle for a spot. Barrie to me is a toss up, he might or might not be ready to play with Hejda so him you can't plan for although you should plan for the possibility that he is ready, so bringing in someone like Hunwick who'll be a good soldier and sit in the box until we can trade him to a team that'll play him, if he losses the camp battle, would be prudent.