No way, you let boot and cairns flip flop between the 6th guy...send the kid back home...bulk up and get some more experience!! However, it looks like he could turn out to be solid from whateveryone is saying...about time we got a d prospect!!!
I wouldn't think twice about sending him back to the QMJHL. Although he's had a great training camp, he's just not ready yet. Once a spot opens, then maybe he'll be ready for Bridgeport, but not now. He's way too young...
As much as I like what I've seen of him I don't see any way they could entertain keeping him. They already have 7 pegs they are trying to fit into six holes. Keeping an 8th peg is not likely.
Of course, they may be risking (or hoping) that someone claims Timander in the waiver draft saving them some salary and solving the numbers problem. Even so, I still don't think thay can keep him at this point in time. They need Cairns' toughness, even with his comparitively limited skills, so taking him out of the lineup is not really an option. That leaves you with a choice between Martinek and Gervais and I don't think there is anything you gain right now by choosing Gervais.
Pat him on the back, tell him you love what he's done and that he's in your plans and that he should go back to another year of being a captain in juniors to build his strength, skills and leadership.
But, I agree, it certainly is nice to have a blueline prospect to follow and get excited about.