It sucked for Samuelsson for just not being able to shake the injury bug for most the season.
Nobody could've predicted the injuries he would've had and pretty much in succession, so at the time of the signing and returning, I thought it was a decent one. Took the whipping boy status unfairly a lot and I thought he was serviceable.
Who knows though, if he wasn't injured all year, maybe Abdelkader doesn't get a look at first-line minutes and doesn't flourish. A question that can't really be answered, but kind of fun to ponder.
Anyways, with what happened with Abdelkader being suspended a few games, it made sense to either put him or Bertuzzi at least on one of the top-2 lines. The rookie line is all but sticking and doing about as well as you could ask for a 3rd line unit of young guns. I wouldn't have minded seeing Tootoo remain in the lineup especially given that he was a part of the 4-game win streak to help get the team in the playoffs, but both Samuelsson and Bertuzzi bring a bit more variety to their games vs. solely just brawn/knuckles. I also think it is a case somewhat of trying to keep Datsyuk and Zetterberg together, as well as hoping Franzen can still produce somewhat consistently as of late in a 2nd line role away from those two.
Given Abdelkader's success with Datsyuk and Zetterberg, don't see why he won't be back on there for game 6, butfor the time being Samuelsson played a decent game with them to fill in, not against seeing him there in game 5 (I didn't see game 3 so I didn't know what the line combos etc. were).