Helm is important to this team.
But I really didn't think his line was very good except for a couple shifts ... and even then it was because the line was with Tootoo.
I really question whether this team will win if Helm is a third line center and Abs or whoever is the 4th line center.
I don't worship at the altar of Helm either TFC (still okay with CB?), but losing him is a bigger deal than you're making it.
We are kinda weak down the middle even with him as I don't think Abby or Emmerton are long term answers at 4C. Without him, we're playing both guys which mandates almost superhuman efforts by the wings on the 3rd and 4th lines to get much out of the bottom 6.
And our PK didn't exactly set the world on fire without him- I know he's only 1 guy but it definitely hurts us there also.