In my imaginary world, in the next few years as the Sedins drop to second liners, they've developed chemistry with Jensen who plays on the second line with them (very good second line - 50-55 pts for each player against lesser competition).
First line has Shinkaruk - _______ - Kassian (could be Nylander if he turns out there), and the third line is an elite third line (Fox/Higgins/Burrows - Horvat - Hansen or someone else who bumps him), with Horvat being held down by superior depth (and he doesn't moan about it and ask for a trade).
All that's really missing is a great center. If Shinkaruk turns into a 60-65 pt player and Kassian is a 40-50 pt player, that's good enough with a legit first line center and that depth.
Where's Gaunce in that scenario?
With his maturity, IQ, and size, IMO he'll make the NHL, and winning teams need guys like him.
Rough night for the young'uns. Let's see if they can bounce back next game.
I too see Horvat starting on the wing if he makes the NHL next year. It limits the responsibility as he learns and adjusts to the the ins and outs of playing at the NHL level. I believe SJ did the same thing with several of their prospects over the years, including Hertl, if I remember correctly.