Couldn't find a general thread for this kind of stuff...I realise that many of these have their own threads, but I find a general thread for speculation helps to generate ideas.
Does anyone have anything?
I wrote on the Oilers board that I thought they should take a stab at picking up Valentenko off of waivers from the Rangers. He can hit, block-shots, and has a bomb of a shot. He has foot-speed issues, but then so did Regher, and Regher doesn't have a very good shot. Not saying Valentenko can replace Regher, but he could possibly replace Sarich....
I also wrote in a previous thread that I thought Backlund for Turris straight up would be a good option. This was before the Turris rumour thread was created. Now I am one of Backlund's biggest fans, but if he doesn't end the season as the top center this year, I really question his future in the organisation.
Will Baertschi stick around? Skinner showed that if you have enough skill, you do not necessarily need to be completely physically capable to make an impact.
I don't think Baertschi will make the team this year, but it could be close. I think the organization is going to give him a really good look this camp to see what they have with him. I am really pumped about this kid, I think he has PPG potential in him. The only thing that might hold him back from being a top player is his size, but I like how feisty he plays and I don't think that will be an issue.
Personally I think its best to send him back to Portland. One more year of him developing being a top player in the WHL will increase his confidence in his abilities. He will also be more physically ready to play in the NHL next year and I'm sure he would be a dominate player for Portland.
Another issue is creating a roster spot for him. It can be done, but it would require some work on Feaster's part. We already are carrying 1 extra 1-way contract as a 13th forward. And its better to give that spot to younger player (ie. Bouma) who has less of a cap hit and would give them good experience. If Baertschi makes the team, Feaster will likely need to make 2 trades. However, if he does earn a spot I am confident Feaster will stay true to his word and do this. The best players should make the team.
As for Bartschi, send him back no need to rush him into NHL action. Another year will make him that much better and we will see how good he really is when he returns next year for camp.
I agree, no need to rush one of our top end prospects, let him go back to portland and have his own team as Nino Niederreiter will be gone. See if he can carry the team or see if he just had a good year. I like what I see in him so far.