How many years in a row does Emmerton have to play in almost all of our games before uou realize he's a starter?
Just because you were a starter doesn't mean you always will be. He would have been the 4th line center this season with Andersson in Grand Rapids. When Helm couldn't go Andersson was brought in and he quickly passed Emmerton on the depth chart (as evidenced by his time on ice vs Emmerton's).
When Helm is back he'll either be the 3rd line center or the 4th line center, with Andersson taking the other spot.
I know you like Emmerton but he's the odd guy out at center, playing only when Helm or Andersson go down. He may even be waived if they need a roster spot as he's the most expendable forward we have.