I honestly and truly think that our AHL squad with Boychuk and Sutter could at the very least give our professional squad a run for its money without Cam and Staal in the lineup and Ruutu and Whitney banged up.
The only problem would be the strength of our NHL defense being able to muscle down on the not developed AHL forwards that don't have their "man strength" yet.
Peters in net is better than Leighton. Goaltending would favor the AHL squad, presumably. I feel that Leighton has actually regressed since being our backup and not getting a bulk of game time. He's one of those goalies that needs to start and doesn't have the mindset to back anyone up.