Pitts wrote:For some reason, I truly think they are afraid they may lose Endicott on waivers. Why, I have no idea. As for Whitney, we don't have any better options on defense right now. I think its better to just let him work through his growing pains this year than shuttle him up and down. Last night, he got it. Hopefully he will build on that going forward.
The same thing crossed my mind. They exposed Koltsov to waivers and though neither player would be a huge loss right now, I think Koltsov has more value now and has a higher ceiling.
As for Whitney, last night would certainly prove your point, but he had been so bad for so long, I would have sent him down to get his confidence back and taken a look at Noah Welch. I don't necessarily think Welch is NHL ready, but I do think he's earned a look. Maybe he's ready, maybe he isn't, but it's not like you're jeopardizing you playoff chances.
The problem with that is that you don't want to screw up Welch by putting him in an environment he isn't quite ready for.
As someone who followed Whitney pretty closely, he proved all he can prove in the AHL. Welch is probably quickly on that path, and will be over it once he gets playoff experience, but until then, it's best not to risk it, IMO.
I think they should call Welch up at the end of the season to get his feet wet a little bit and as a reward, but at this point let him keep on being WBS' #1 defenseman and ride the wave of confidence through the summer into next year's camp.
As for Christensen, I think he might be being overrated a little bit. He's certainly got skills and probably belonds in the NHL right now, but I wouldn't label him as star calibre right now. With his talent, he's got a high ceiling, but as with most young players, he needs to hit his stride of what kind of NHL player he can be consistently.