Does it matter that he is a RW? I thought they would call up a LW.
For a fourth line role with limited minutes, I'd say no. If we were looking for someone to play on a scoring line, I'd be more hesitant to call someone up on his offwing, but Tropp is there mostly for his physicality and grinding at this point, which isn't really wing-specific.
The other option is calling up a center like Szczechura and sliding Ellis to wing. But with McCormick out, I think you ideally want to get the physicality that Tropp beings and someone who may be willing to drop the mitts.
Having said that, if Foligno is doing well in Rochester I wouldn't be opposed to him getting the call since he'll bring the same kind of elements, but it should be merit-based, not position-based.
Roy-Vanek-Pominville: Ruff went to it to get something going. Good call. He always has it at his disposal. He went to three lines in the third period with Cody McCormick ill. Ruff said he might keep it. Of course, with him that means for a period.
Throwing Roy with Vanek and Pominville was a good move, though. That pretty much won the game for Buffalo.
He rolled the dice on flipping Adam and Roy and it worked out as well as could be expected.
The interesting thing to watch is whether Ruff keeps Roy between Vanek and Pominville and basically put all his offensive eggs in one basket or if he tries to spread things out a bit and switch Adam back on the top line.
Although I'd expect Tropp, I wouldn't necessarily be surprised if Kass or Foligno got a look. Just to get their feet wet.
I would love to see Kassian get a shot. Everyone seems to think he is NOt ready. I would love to see this kid get a chance next game and score a goal and add an assist in his first game with the Sabres.