First of all, how does a failed high-end prospect/journeyman/cast off like O'Sullivan, who wasn't highly coveted around the league in free agency, end up on our first line? Apparently O'Sullivan is having a good camp, but has his play really excelled that quickly, or is it more a sign of our lack of talent at the wing? I just feel like a player who is truly talented enough to be a first line winger on an NHL team would have garnered a higher contract. So, I don't know whether to be excited we got a steal in free agency, or wary that we currently don't have anyone better to be on Staal's left side.
Secondly, when Samsonov comes back to the lineup, which line is he going to play on and which player gets bumped? Obviously, no one here can be 100% sure, but again, I'm just looking for some personal insight and educated guesses.
Finally, am I the only one who is perplexed at Dalpe being on the 4th line? This is a kid who was a 2nd round pick (whom many thought to be a steal there) and has only played 9 games as a pro (scoring 8 points). From all reports he had a great camp and seems to be playing well in preseason, and far out performed any of the other young guys who had a crack at third line center, yet Jokinen got moved there, and Zac is on the 4th line. It seems to me that Dalpe has the ability to be a 2nd line center in the NHL, and he's still quite young, with virtually no professional experience under his belt. So why on Earth are we giving him 4th line minutes???!!!
Any and all insight is greatly appreciated.