Gelinas, on the other hand, is an intriguing defender hailing from a league not known for it's defense, though Scandella may like to say a thing or two otherwise. A diminutive defender at 5'9" and 181 pounds, Gelinas thoroughly dominated the Quebec league as the seventh-leading point scorer with 23 goals and 69 assists for a whopping 92 points and a plus-24 rating. Not only did he lead all QMJHL defensemen in scoring, but he outscored the next closest guy--fellow Van-d'Or Foreurs defender Randy Gazzola--by 18 points.
Instead of looking for options via free agency or trades, it may be time to turn things over to the young guns. It's not just cost effective--it only makes sense to reward talented kids who are ready to take that next step in their careers. More power to them.