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09-23-2003, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by SmokeyClause
4 of these guys won't make the opening day roster which means 3 will. Which ones?

10 Martin Erat L 6' 0" 195 22 Milwaukee (AHL)
19 Jim McKenzie L 6' 4" 230 33 New Jersey (NHL)
38 Vernon Fiddler C 5' 11" 195 23 Milwaukee (AHL)
45 Ben Simon C 6' 0" 200 25 Chicago (AHL)
46 Wyatt Smith C 5' 11" 208 26 Springfield (AHL)
49 Scottie Upshall L 6' 0" 184 19 Milwaukee (AHL)
55 Jordin Tootoo R 5' 9" 193 20 Brandon (WHL)
Out of the first group, McKenzie is a lock for a roster spot (though he may not be in the opening lineup). McKenzie has a one way contract, and Poile has yet to send someone with a one-way contract to the AHL.

I fully expect Erat to be in the opening night lineup as well.

I think Tootoo will play opening night for PR reasons, and because a bunch of Eskimos are coming to Nashville to see him. But, I expect him to be sent to Milwaukee eventually, unless of course, his play proves otherwise.

Simon and Fiddler will compete for the 13th spot (depth forward). If McKenzie isn't in the lineup opening night, one of them will be.

Upshall has a slim chance. With the way he plays, he'd fit in well on a 4th line (like he did last year). But, he should get PT in Milwaukee in my opinion. It just depends on the way he plays the rest of the preseason i guess.

4 of these guys won't make the opening day roster which means 3 will. Which ones?

39 Curtis Murphy D 5' 8" 185 27 Houston (AHL)
42 Andrew Hutchinson D 6' 2" 198 23 Milwaukee (AHL)
43 Dan Hamhuis D 6' 0" 208 20 Milwaukee (AHL)
36 Robert Schnabel D 6' 5" 230 24 Milwaukee (AHL)
28 Tomas Kloucek D 6' 3" 225 23 Milwaukee (AHL)
3 Marek Zidlicky D 5' 11" 187 26 HIFK Helsinki (Finland)
23 Jamie Allison D 6' 1" 200 28 Columbus (NHL)
Likewise, I think both Zidlicky and Kloucek are locks. They have one way contracts.

I think Allison will make the team, but I'm not sure if he'll be playing opening night. A lot will depend on York's status.

The remaining fight is between Murphy and Hamhuis. Again, I'd have say it depends on the rest of the preseason. Right now, I'd give the edge to Murphy for wavier reasons. Give him a chance at the NHL level before taking the risk of loosing him to the wavier wire.

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