I wonder why he wouldn't want to go to Erie? Maybe he just enjoys his current living situation in Belleville...
I was looking at the prospects that were 23 or under prior to the season start, and thinking that by the time a prospect was 22-23, you'd have a pretty good idea about how they were going to pan out - especially forwards.
Young forwards on the NHL roster today:
Zack Kassian (22) 1-24-91
Jordan Schroeder (23) 9-29-90
Kassian is at least a bottom 6 NHL player, but seems to have top 6 upside for sure.
Schroeder is an NHL/AHL tweener, with 2nd line upside.
As for the 22 or 23 year old forward prospects?
Alexandre Grenier (22) 9-5-91: Big, but not very physical - if he ever makes the NHL, probably a 3rd liner at best.
Steven Anthony (22) 3-21-91: Won't make the NHL
Ronalds Kenins (22) 2-28-91: Playmaking winger with good skating, will be interesting to see next year if he comes to North America. As for NHL likelihood - no idea.
Alex Friesen (22) 1-30-91: Smallish center, no standout abilities. Likely doesn't make the NHL.
Anton Rodin (22) 11-21-90: Skilled winger, a bit injury prone in his North American stint - I don't see him coming back.
Darren Archibald (23) 2-9-90: Bottom 6 crash and bang winger, will be a 12th/13th forward in the NHL, I think.
Zac Dalpe (23) 11-1-89: Doesn't seem to generate scoring chances, not very physical, I can't see him sticking in the NHL.
It's a great day for hockey!