It's really hard to tell at this point, in years past the guys that we're contracted guys where generally more talented than the bottom third of this years roster. meaning more quality guys were up for grabs for AHL teams.
I just don't think it has worked out. The reason that "bottom third" is there now is guys like Riddle, Manley, Haggett, Ortmeyer, Cava when he was there (older ECHL contracted guys) don't want to deal with that restriction and instead play elsewhere. Even just two of those guys on this team would probably be a big help.