He's a finesse center. They have Backstrom and Ribeiro.
His proper role is exactly what he's getting...4th line center duty. Shut your mouth and make the most of the few minutes you're lucky to ****ing get. Long haired midget ****er.
I'd argue his proper role is either healthy scratch (backup for 19/9) or *maybe* being tried where MoJo has been, as a top-6 winger (because why not?)... and maybe with MoJo's spot on the PP.
But if you go by that, healthy scratch is going to come up pretty dang often. 4th line minutes are better than nothing.
I will say that he was probably hurt more than most by the lack of a preseason. He tends to do well in preseason games, and it would have given him a chance to make an impression on Oates. Now he's left with a coach who doesn't have any particular familiarity with him and no reason to want to shoehorn him into a bigger role.
To me he's good trade bait once Laich comes back. Until then, better to have him as injury insurance.
What we've seen from Perreault is that he may play one or two "spirited" games and then he disappears for a while until he's not dressed. Then once he's dressed its the same thing a "spirited" game from him here and there and then nothing.
He's just inconsistent
Move PRO now and sign Arnott. Old guys do have their value you know.