Burke starting a draft pick? I don't think so - even if it was Yakupov Burke would blabber on about how his prospects need seasoning in the AHL ... blah ... then we'd put Lombardi out for a skate instead.
Too bad it's CHL or NHL for all Canadian Hockey League draftees.
It is too bad they couldn;t go to the Marlies because right now that is an excellent atmosphere to develop in and Eakins is a coach I greatly admire to develop players properly.
Since that can't happen, I'd hope they'd let the player remain in the minors to finish his development. There is no urgency to fill a roster spot. I just hope they don;t give him the Naz treatment, and treat the kid like a damn yo-yo!!
if it's not Yakupov, probably not. if you don't wanna break up the 2nd line and it'd be crazy to start them on the 1st, you're left with the 3rd line, where they'd be 'behind' players like Kadri, Frattin, and Colborne in the pecking order.
even Yakupov's not a 100% game one guarantee. i think teams are moving away from that unless you're a Crosby-level dominant talent - why waste a year of a guy in the majors if he'll struggle through half of it, if you can postpone it a year and minimize his struggles?
I have seen OHL highlights of Yakupov cutting into the middle of offensive zone with his head down and getting rocked. He is going to have to learn quickly he can not do this in NHL or he will find himself on infirmary bed.