I wouldn't read too much into it, he said yesterday that he has it down but the last two center spots are the ones that aren't filled yet. He said Sjostrom and Armstrong on the third, Brown and Orr on the fourth and the centers were up for grabs.
Let's not get ahead of ourselves. It's hardly a lock and I would not be surprised to see it change. Kadri will be given at least one more shot at it.
If I was picking the team I'd have Kadri there and work through his issues. I'm not and it sounds like he's going to the AHL. Out of Mitchell, Hanson, Brent and Zigo I see Hanson better suited to a 4th line role (lack of offense) and Brent being the best choice here. I think some will be pleasantly surprised. No future potential to speak of but a solid vet who will be responsible in both ends. Something we can't count on from Mitchell.
Bob McGill was saying this days ago, that nobody was paying attention to Brent, but he had a VERY good chance of making the team. Not surprised, he is good in both ends, the perfect third line guy, smart, knows the game.
I wouldn't say Brent's the frontrunner, only that he's being given a chance... they're not going to ice the same lineup for the next 4 games.
Side note: This will be a complete disaster if we dont win (and dominate) tonight. We're problably going to see a partial Buffalo lineup, and outside of Caputi over Sjostrom (which IMO isn't that big a downgrade) and maybe Brent, this is our opening night roster.