Could very well be the fourth line centre. Rather have Steen play top line on the Marlies until injury strikes.
One top six LW and I say we're set for the season. Come on LeClair!
Happy to see Kuk play 4th line, if he adapts well to the NA game, and I agree I'd rather have Steen get top-line time with the Marlies. But Allison and Lindros is more than enough risk - adding Leclair would be too much in my book, especially given his tail-off in production combined with the new rules. I honestly don't think he's a player who will benefit in the new system, even assuimg he was 100% healthy. Too much skill deterioration, and the mobility (such as it was) just isn't there any more.
I think Roman is a really good forward to have in our organization. When we drafted him as an overager, I really wasn't content with us picking him over guys with more offensive talent, but I have really grown to like his game this past season him while watching him play in Russia on a team with Mikhail Grabovsky, Alexander Drozdetsky, and Andrej Nedorost. I feel that he can develop into a great checking line player at the NHL level and I would give him a shot on the 3rd line, as he is a safe bet to make the team.
Steen can polish his game playing for the Marlies for a year and will be ready to step into the lineup and make an impact, while being called up to the big club for a few stints this season.
Yeah, we could use a D-first defenseman. Pilar, Colaiacovo, Kaberle, McCabe, and Khavanov are all pretty much offensive d-men.
I'm sure we'd all love a classic, bruising stay-at-home like Witt or Warrenner patrolling our blueline, but if this much-touted "new-look NHL" comes to pass, a defenceman who can skate nd pass becomes even more important than before.
That said, don't underestimate the defensive potential of Pilar and Khavanov, particularly. No, they're not huge physical presences, but they know what their own end of the ice looks like.