Horcoff will be our number one center this season and the two that follow it at minimum.
I don't like the looks of your Eberle - Gagner - Hemsky only because Hemsky has stated (and we have seen) that he prefers to pass to a left handed shot.
A few years down the road I hope our top two centers are:
But for the next three seasons I think we'll see:
Gagner will be promoted when he proves he is worthy of the promotion.
Let's not try and map out his development. He'll get there when he gets there.
For sure. It is extremely unlikely it will be this year. He might get playing time with Hemsky, but he'll be there to slaughter weaker competition and will not be the top line forward. Thousands will be fooled, however.
I'm hopeful that MacT will wreak havoc on the boards on some home games by throwing out a unit of Gagner-Horcoff-Hemsky!
I would play Horcoff between Hemsky and Cole this season however, I hope they all stay healthy and tear it up:
On the PP:
IMO that would be an ideal powerplay.
Replace Gagner with cole and that is your ideal powerplay. Gagner can tear it up on the powerplay. he has the mindset to make plays on the powerplay and with the extra time and space you have to set up, that is an opportunity that you can't pass up with him. cole is great for 5-on-5 because of his driving to the net ability and hard work on the boards. but seriously think of it, gagner and hemsky on the halfboards setting up souray visnovsky, and horcoff? now that is a powerplay.