Olver's roster spot will be dependent upon the team's health come opening night and what we do in free agency, in my opinion. He's far from a lock out of shear roster size. I think putting him on the top line in Lake Erie might actually be better than playing bottom 6 minutes on our team to be honest.
There's way too many questions to have any idea what will happen with our prospects during camp right now.
(one or two of) Barrie/Elliot/Gaunce might make it out of camp, the way the roster stands right now. I doubt they are kept up for long, though, as them making it out of camp will be for evaluation purposes only.
This is all going to depend on who the Avs sign in free agency. If no left D is signed we could see Gaunce come up. I think one of Barrie and Elliott will stick on the bottom pair. As for forwards, I only see Olver sticking. There is just no room without injuries (I'm assuming McClement re-signs).
If they Avs don't sign a left D, I could see Siemens sticking for a few games as a tryout, but I think he would be sent down quickly.
Completely agree with this. Gaunce was real good last year, and at this point I dont think theres a whole lot left in the AHL for him to accomplish, I think it would better suit his development to hit the big leagues next year, and staying in the AHL could potentially do more harm then good, IMO.
I wouldnt even consider Olver a prospect anymore tbh, guy pretty much played the full year up here(when he was health) and a little the year before. He's a lock IMO next year, unless we sign a bunch of ufa forwards which I highly doubt happens.
Barrie/Elliott could make it, but I also think it would help them to play another year in the AHL, Gaunce had 2 full years down there, and really thrived his final year, I think Barrie and especially Elliott could use at least 1 more year in the AHL, maybe even 2 years for Elliott.
So, my guess is Olver is the only lock, Gaunce really should IMO, Connolly has a shot at the 4th line spot, and if one of our Top 9 guys were to get injured before the start of the season, I could see Sgarbossa having a small outside chance at making it.
If he's healthy, Hishon needs to make the team. **** AHL seasoning or if he's a centre or used on the wing, we need some skill on the team.
Would be the biggest mistake managment has ever made if they did that. The kid just missed an ENITRE year with a concussion, and is only just starting light workouts in the last couple of weeks. Not only is he far from NHL ready, but given his size and Injury history, its incredibly likely that he would get injured very early in the year. If that injury were to be a concussion, you could pretty much write off not only any sort of hockey career, but probably a lifetime of Concussion issues aswell.
Hishon needs at the minimum, 1 year in the AHL to get back into the swing of things, and devellop his skills some more, plus less risk at getting injured.
There's just no way Hishon ends up in the NHL after missing a whole year, his conditioning is going to be probably on par with Mueller's at the start of this past season.
I wouldn't go as far as saying there's no way of him making it. Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me either way. With Mueller he missed about a year and a half, he had no offseason to train on his conditioning. Hishy already has started his offseason training, he should be a lot better than Mueller conditioning wise. I say Hishon starts in the AHL but is the first call up around November and forces the avs to make him up.