Who knows what's gonna happen? We hafta make a distinction her, though. They may not be Keenan friendly players, but Keenan isn't coaching them, though. Jacques Martin is the coach and it's not like he's just some Keenan patsy listening to every suggestion on coaching Iron Mike has. We'll know more once the players actually get on the ice.
as of right now, all are on the opening night roster...
weiss (nieuwendyk's acquisition unfortunately moves stephen down the depth chart; weiss has shown consistent improvement over the years and deserves a roster spot slated for the 3rd line centerman job)
nedorost (is there a better option as our 4th line centerman throughout the organization? no, plus it would be nice to see if that return on worrell (the messier+nedorost=worrell deal which most pegged as a slam dunk for florida) has any worth roughly 2 years later; olesz is a possible option, but some might say he is not ready but the better reasoning is: would you want to start this guy's nhl career on the 4th line/checking line? No reason to bring him oversees for that)
huselius (like nedorost, is there anyone better throughout the organization to usurp kristian as our 1st line LW? Sadly, no, and that includes roberts. coming off what was to be a great year in the SEL before the bogus **** charge, huselius is likely to get his last real chance to be an elite nhler)
*the inclusion of nedorost and huselius on the opening night roster are 2 of the 5 positions on the big club that leave me feeling unsettled.
Keenan will probably institute a Paddle Policy for these players if they do not meet expectations.
The whole Keenan-dislikes-Weiss thing is so overblown. All he did was challenge the kid when he sent him to the minors. I recall reading an article where, if anything, I think Weiss' parents mentioned that he responds to those kinds of challenges better than coddling and nurturing.
Huselius, OTH, is definitely trade bait, if not for the notion that Martin will make him a pet project. I doubt Keenan will have the patience to see what Martin can do with this dainty dandelion.
Nederost, meh, not really a factor so far. Really has to prove his worth for relevant ice time.