Posted 26 August 2013 - 06:51 PM
Honestly, the way it's looking is the rest of the team will be filled out with rookies and guys at league min salaries. Lineup as of today looks like:
I was careful not to put any rookies in. Our rookies, tweeners, and veterans trying to make the team:
Honestly, there are lots of ways the team can go. For me, Lack is the backup. He is on a 1 way now and has played the North American game.
Defense is a lil more wide open. If the coaching staff choose to go with splitting Garrison and Edler and having them both on the left side, then Corrado has a shot at the big club. If they go with the low minutes bottom pairing, then we may go after a 7-8 left side guy before the season starts or give the press box spots to Anderson, Sauve, and/or Weber.
Then the forwards. I don't think Jensen or Shinkaruk make the team unless Booth is injured still. They are strictly top 6 guys, pretty much. I don't think Horvat makes the team this year unless he outplays Schroeder, Gaunce, and Santorelli for the 3rd line center spot. Anything less than 3rd line center would be wasting a year of his contract and most importantly wasting his talent. I don't think Lain makes the team unless Schroeder, Gaunce, and Santorelli flop, pushing Richardson up to the 3rd line. That's also unlikely. Which leaves 5 forwards vying for the 3 forward spots
3rd line center possibles are Santorelli, Schroeder, and Gaunce. I think the winner there is probably Schroeder. Santorelli signed a two way and Schroeder has more upside. And unless Gaunce beats out both, I don't see him making 3rd line center just yet. And Schroeder doesn't make this team unless he is 3rd line center or feeding Kesler on the second. So pretty much 3rd line center or bust for either him or Santorelli.
The 4th line and pressbox spots are left
I think out of all these guys to make it, it's gotta be Gaunce for 4th line left wing. He has top 9 capability, possibly top 6. He can play wing, he can play center, he is big enough to play on the 4th line and it will give him a taste of how fast the NHL game is. If he is ready, then he gets that every day spot. And when Booth gets injured and he will, we have someone here that can move up in the lineup, without having to resort to a call up. He has to show that potential in camp though. Otherwise it's back to the minors. And we don't want him rotting in the pressbox either.
Archibald should make it interesting and I think he could possibly beat out Sestito for pressbox privileges, but Benn Ferriero will be tough to kick off the team for opening night. Either for pressbox privileges or for the opening night lineup.
In closing, I'm going with Schroeder for 3rd line center. Gaunce getting 9 games at 4th line LW and let the chips fall where they may. Ferriero and Sestito in and out of the pressbox. Archibald being the 1st(or 2nd) 4th line call up.
Lack becoming back up to Lu
Defense being wide open, depending on Garrison playing the left or right side.