He was one of the key pieces in the Erixon trade but that doesn't mean that he has been given an easier ride than any of the other players coming into camp. So far he has totally earned his spot on the opening night roster, jumping ahead of Byron, who a lot of people thought had a shot at stating the year with the big club.
The injury to Morrison has obviously helped his cause but he has earned the right to stay receiving regular praise for his play in pre season games. Whether he will stick around once Morrison is healthy will depend on how he and the other C perform in the first few games. Feaster is on record as saying that those players that perform the best will be given the opportunity to play, which in this case he seems true to his word.
I'm reading that at the moment he is expected to start as the #3C alongside Bourque and Moss.
12 Team H2H keeper league (Keep 20)
(Daily changes Start 3C, 3LW, 3RW, 1W, 2F, 6D & 2G)
(G, A, +/-,PIM,PPP,SHP,GWG & SOG. W,GAA,SV% & SHO)
C -Crosby, E Staal, J Staal, Backlund,R Spooner, Sgarbossa
LW -JVR, Tanguay, Boedker, B Ryan, Baertschi, M Tedenby
RW -Iginla, Kane(C), Vorachek, Brouwer, B Boyes,Frolik
D -Suter, Goligoski, Edler, Orlov, Voynov, N Kronwall, Kulikov
G -C Ward, Neuvirth, Holtby, Emery, Khudobin
Farm -Conacher, Bjugstad, Scheifele, K Ramo, Schwartz, Stone & Rattie