I really, really disagree with this. R. Smith getting sent down was long overdue, but you have to eventually give your young guys a shot.
Refusing to bring up a guy like Fraser or Sceviour during the middle of this season only makes it harder for the team to get more of our young players into the lineup in the future. Teams will always be hesitant to, straight out of training camp, throw totally untested players into their NHL lineup.
Obviously I disagree with the way that the team let R. Smith suck total *** for such a long period of time at the NHL level, but throwing a guy like Fraser into the fire and seeing if he can rise to the occasion is probably a good idea. If not, just send him back down.
There is no more clear day roster. I believe they're saying that players have to be on the active AHL roster prior or during the NHL trade deadline to be eligible for playoffs and be moved back and forth.
We saw what this team was like with Eakin, Vincour, and Dillon just before the lockout ended and it was awesome. Only reason they didn't dominate even more was because OKC, Charlotte, and Houston was also loaded.
As for Fraser. Everyone is so ready for him to be sent up. As it is, I'm not fully wiping Dallas' season off the table but right now keep Fraser down in the AHL until after the trade deadline to maintain the confidence and get him into the AHL playoffs. Then bring him up for a few more games depending on how things are going.
Honestly, I don't think he's fully ready. I see him about where R. Smith is in terms of development. Does he deserve a chance? Of course. He may hit that next step of progress in the NHL but it's not like not getting into the NHL this season is going to totally destroy his development.
Obviously some of these guys will go away either being releases from a PTO or assigned to the ECHL. This doesn't even include the possibility of Brett Ritchie, Troy Vance, and Jyrki Jokipakka joining the team. Hell even Emil Molin and John Klingberg could even though it's probably unlikely. There is no roster limit in the AHL. Only game day roster limits.
I didn't want to clutter the prospect thread with Texas stuff:
Originally Posted by FrailSwan
I kinda hope Niagara loses so he can get as much time as possible with the team before the playoffs start.
Surely he would have to go straight to the top 6, right?
No I would say he likely wouldn't. Even Reilly Smith played on the 3rd line on Tuesday when he went down. Coach Gulutzen may talk a big game about shuffling lines, but Willie Desjardins truly has proven he likes to stick with familiar lines.
I'd be surprised if these two lines are broken up (assuming all the players remain in the AHL):
Matt Fraser-Travis Morin-Colton Sceviour
Mike Hedden-Jake Dowling-Alex Chiasson
That said, Willie Desjardins is excellent about rotating 4 lines. He never panics with his rotation. It's pretty consistent one line after the other. Therefore even getting into the Bottom 6, Ritchie would see plenty of shifts.
Tom Wandell is the only injured regular. IDK what the injury is though. This was the Bottom 6 last game:
Reilly Smith-Taylor Vause-Scott Glennie
Luke Gazdic-Francis Wathier-Toby Petersen
Obviously Smith is back in Dallas. I really like Vause, but I can tell you Willie doesn't trust him when the game is on the line. He was on the bench when Dallas had a 1 goal lead. So let's assume Wandell is healthy soon:
Toby Petersen-Tom Wandell-Scott Glennie
Luke Gazdic-Francis Wathier-Brett Ritchie