4th line minutes? Backstrom first really showed his stuff skating 4th line minutes with Bradley and Brash. Skating with King or BGordon and Bradley might be fine. Bradley and BGordon are fast enough to skate with him. Bradley can both watch his back and finish some of his plays. Gordon can cover his rookie mistakes in his own end. King can make sure nobody picks on the kid.
So...yea, if MP is doing well enough to force the issue, Mojo can skate 4th line. Then the issue is roster space and Steckel....again.
My view on Sweden is that if he is good enough to play, he stays because the Caps need the depth. If he is not ready to play, depth is not a reason to keep him.
Agreed. I don't see a problem with starting a kid who is 19 on the fourth line. The cream will rise. If it doesn't, send him to Hershey if he is genuinely willing to follow through on statements that suggest he would be willing, otherwise send him to play a more meaningful role in Sweden.