Plans are plans but Malone could play his way onto the team in the next couple years if he's up to the challenge. Or rather, earn a callup and then play too well to be sent back down. If not then he may be waiting for a while.
At this stage I don't think he's better than Kobasew, he showed some promise but has a lot of work to do in his short stint up with the team
Like I say, I believe Olver will replace Kobasew. I believe Heard will replace Mitchell. Mcleod just signed a three year contract. Therefore:-
Year one: Mcleod - Mitchell - Kobasew
Year two: Mcleod - Mitchell - Olver
Year three: Mcleod - Heard - Olver
Year four possible: Malone - Heard - Olver
I certainly don't expect to see it happen, but I would love for Olver to have other plans and find a scoring touch. They guy did have chemistry with Duchene in his first cup of coffee but, man, the guy had hands of cement. Those two had boat-loads of chances but Olver was just striking out left and right...but he could actually keep up with him and be in position for passes..he just couldn't finish.
Gotta say would a less offensive brandon yip be a good comparison to him?
I don't think so. Malone is a much better fit for the NHL bottom six role, he hits, he fights and he can chip in points. Yip to me is a better fit for a top six role in the AHL he just doesn't look like a NHL quality player to me.