Obviously, Craig Smith has shown he can play in the NHL, so keeping him up makes sense. Same goes with Justin Faulk. Mike Babcock seems to think Damian Brunner can play in the NHL now, and he has a pretty big say so in the manner. I'd definitely keep Brunner up. Palmieri is NHL ready too, hes done his time in the AHL and could help your club starting next season, so I'd keep him up.
Despres is NHL ready. Barberio will likely be next season. Vatanen arguably is ready now, but no guarantee Ducks rush him into their lineup.
If the NHL resumed tomorrow, I'd expect Conacher to receive a couple call ups with the Lightning, but wouldn't expect him to stick. Yzerman wants Conacher and Tyler Johnson to continue leading AHL Syracuse this season. I think it could still be a couple years before he makes an NHL impact, but obviously theres some talent there. Not sold on him being a high end NHL scorer just yet, or even a 50-60 pt guy, not yet at least...have to see him in some NHL games. If he does make a fantasy impact, it won't be in the next 3 years is my bet.
In conclusion, if I were you....
Conacher/Barberio/Vatanen are sure to have the least fantasy value during the course of the next three years.
Stamkos was asked today in Tampa how he can top last season:
"Well, get into the playoffs. That's the big key and that's our goal here."
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