The team probably wanted to take their time with both, trying to be extra careful this year with injuries. Trying to make sure we don't get hit hard by the injury fairy this year. At least that's my guess.
I really want to see him in the lineup. If I was Cappy I would try to shake things up a bit by dropping KO down to the 3rd line to play with Bailey, who he's had success with, and Martin, and put Nino on the 2nd line wing with Frans and Grabner. Maybe drop Rolston down to the 4th with Reasoner and Comeau. I think KO is better than a 3rd liner but if that line clicks we can roll them out as line 2-B.
Hopefully that can give us some balanced scoring. That all-Euro line(Nino-Frans-Grabner) could be fun to watch offensively, and that Martin-Bailey-Okposo line should be a pretty intense line to play against as well.
I thought we couldnt send him to Bridgeport?? I am happy he is down there ofcourse and I know he will play in the NHL this season
Regardless of age, any player can be sent down to the AHL or ECHL for that matter I guess, if they have been on the IR. Its a conditioning assignment, meaning get their legs back under them before the ****-storm that is NHL hitting.
Edit: I think for two weeks max, though, don't quote me on that.