Until we see what Holland can do to move a defenseman or two out, it's impossible to say what the roster will be like. Marchenko proved he can play in the NHL, Ouellet showed a lot of promise too and should be ok as an NHL player this coming season. I'm not sure I'd be thrilled with seeing Quincey and Smith moved without bringing in an upgrade on D and going with both kids though. That leaves them one big injury away from having Marchenko or Ouellet as a top 4 D for several weeks. I don't know if either of them will ever be that good, much less their first full NHL season.
As fro his comments on Kindl and Smith, I don't read too much into what coaches and GMs say publicly. They generally aren't going to say too many bad things and throw their guys under the bus.
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