This is cool, but I question the wisdom of bringing the beanpole into the big game right off the hop. My guess is that his ATO is so that he can get a whiff of the pro game (albeit at the AHL level) and so that Pete Friesen (and pry also the Warchief) can get his mitts on him over the summer. My hope is that after this is done, they either send him back to the Dub OR (if they cannot) give him at least a season in Albany.
Remember how skinny ol’ Eric Staal kept getting pushed around his rookie season? The lockout was the best thing for him, because he spent a year in the AHL getting good ice time and getting some meat on his bones. I think that Sutter should be at least a year in Albany before he makes his NHL debut. If that means we get another year of Trevor Letowski or some other journeyman, I can totally dig it.
Just my two cents, of course.