Not supporting "tanking", especially 5 games into the season.
...but why not let Ross play? Give him some experience.
We could have DD, Ross, Lowry, JV around for quite a few years. Let them play on the same line, let them gel. We may lose a few early season games, but I'd bet that this team would be a lot more exciting in the second half of the season if Ross is given a chance.
Even if we don't become a playoff team this year we've built a solid nucleus that will be ready for next season. If it looks like this is not a playoff team by the trade deadline then look to acquire draft picks or other young talent.