I think that Sophmore year is enough of a deterrent to prevent anyone from making an offer that we wouldnt match. This year is an important year for his develpment he needs to have back to back decent years.
Many of the group IIs without arb rights are not signed. Not every GM is like Regier and Rutherford who give their players ridiculous extensions with 1 year left in ENTRY LEVEL. DZ,Subban,Carlson,Kulikov,O'Reilly,etc. Staal was in the same boat two years ago. He didn't sign until 2 days before the start of camp which may not start on September 21 this season.