I'd only want to see him back as trade bait. Ottawa has created teams that exceed expectations based on a hardworking group of team players. Filatov is neither of those things. We have so many hard working and talented guys in Bingo I'd rather see up in the NHL than Filatov.
People forget how young he is. Dudes only 22. If he were to give it another shot at like 24-25, I could see him being an NhLer. The talent is there.
Also, people bash his work ethic which is wrong. Its not his work ethic but his attitude that is the problem. From everything ive read the guy works hard and trains really hard in the offseason as well.
With our coaches system and some of the talent in our pipeline, we could run 3 scoring lines. If Regin gets over the injury bug, he would be a quality liney. Thats more skill than most 3rd lines I believe albeit small.
I thought I was the only who thought Filatov didn't get a fair shot at the NHL level. He played well in the pre season with Spezza but when the real season started he only got to play with 4th line plug.