I don't think anyone could suggest Lou didn't screw this kid out a possible career by keeping him up in the NHL as long as he did a few years ago.
However, is there a situation - Tri, I'm pointing this at you as you're familiar with procedures stronger than most - where by not playing him at all, we kill his value so much, there is a possibility of sneaking him through waivers as we approach holiday freezes, etc?
Yes he's a former first rounder, but he's definitely not an NHL player - would there be a team willing to commit to him on an NHL roster for the rest of the season? At some point he may have to go through waivers - because it's clear he belongs in the A.
What's the end game here?
Even in a trade situation, the team getting him would have to believe him to be a current NHL player and be comfortable with him taking a roster spot without thinking of putting him through waivers.
I feel bad for the kid.