Lasse Kukkonen will earn top four ice time by the time camp is over.
Barker has great potential but so many dmen have been ruined being force fed into the NHL....
I forget about Kukkonen being in the mix in a already crowded defensive corps. Gives the team a nice problem in the pre-season. I seem to be in the minority of those who would give Byfuglien a chance but the guy really earned my respect. He was like a dog in heat hittting everything that came along. And lets not forget he broke Dallas Drakes' ribs and tore up his knee cartlidge as he absolutely plastered him along the bench.
I really like Buff and wish he was on the team, but that would be too much youth, maybe its good to have cullimore around.
Even without Byfuglien that d corps is very young and lite on experience.
I don't want to have veteran experience in that lineup just for the sake of it (ie. Cullimore) but I look at those guys and every single one of them has to be above average and overachieve, in most cases, for this team to do anything next year.