He is playing with MacKinnon and Drouin who could be the first two picks in the draft next year in a seriously strong top four draft class. IF (most likely when...) the Red Wings miss the playoffs they are in the lotto and have a long shot at getting the pick needed to draft either MacKinnon or Drouin.
Use those amnesty buyouts on Sammy and Cola. You HAVE too. It's not like UFAs are lining up to play in the D because Kenny's so nice to his players. The cap's going down, the league is viciously tight. Can't afford to be sentimental or as "classy" as you once were. Sammy and Cola were the two most recent UFA signings, so they should go.