dbr wrote:Schroeder obviously has to take his game to another level in order to stick around long term, but right now he's a player who can survive in a limited role and maybe do more than that, on a team which after Henrik Sedin has a couple of UFA cast-offs down the middle who are playing great hockey right now but almost certainly won't sustain that level of play all year.
It's early, and I'm pleasantly surprised at how good they have looked, but Richardson and Santorelli are not really putting up that many more points than they have shown they are capable of putting up at the NHL level before.
Richardson's career season had him put up 27 points (he's on pace for 35). Santorelli's career season had him put up 41 points (he's on pace for 52).
Now, are these cases of lightning in a bottle? Maybe, but these guys have shown competence before. We’ll see how their seasons progress, but if they continue playing lots, they could put up career numbers (Santorelli and Richardson are playing 2.5 minutes and 1 minute more respectively than their career seasons).
Anyway, it’s pretty unlikely that Kesler will play with the Sedins all season. If and when he moves back to centre, Santorelli and Richardson’s ice times could conceivably go down depending on who plays wing, etc.
I'm not high on Schroeder, but I think giving up on 23 year old centre would be stupid for a team that has limited prospect depth and question marks all over the forward group.