Williams was an expensive depth player for sure, but there was a reason why we needed him. Let's all hope Chimera, Modin, Brassard, and Torres stay injury free.
What's funny is that some people are saying we couldn't "afford" Williams, or that he is somehow not good enough to play on our team -in our system, for our coach. Yet the lowly Red Things had NO TROUBLE WHATSOEVER signing him. When will Detroit ever learn
Brass is a bit more of a replacement for Manny as far as scoring goes, if his 35 games last season is a good indicator.
Wasn't the point.
In your scenerio, you were putting in two players to replace one. Brass shouldn't even count in that discussion, as you're comparing apple to oranges. At the very least it should be 2 to 2 (Brass/Filatov .vs. Williams/Manny).
The real question is whether Filatov can replace the secondary scoring of Williams. We need more goal scoring, not a push.
More talented? Sure. More productive? Time will tell.