IMO Phoenix and Anaheim will surprise and SJ and Detroit will drop off quite a bit. If Horc can step it up and be the player that I think he can, and Schremp and Pronger can add the PP dimension that we've lacked, AND we get solid goaltending I like us over all of these teams. IF our PP still sinks, we are below Calgary and Phoenix IMO, If our goaltending sucks, then we are below most. In terms of potential, I like our team very much, however we shall see!!!
I'm not going to correct your lines for Nashville(aside from pointing out that Jamie Allison is not likely to see very much ice, whereas Suter is playing in camp like third pairing won't be good enough and could very well be on the second..i.n fact, hell, so is Weber, though I see him with big minutes in the minors..anyhoo)..but...
Calgary( I hate to say it...I hate this team as much as you guys do, but they look like the strongest team in the west to me, top to bottom)
on second thought, i'm bored...and i seem to get asked this a lot anyway...so...here's my stab at Nashville's opening night lines...
Paul Kariya David Legwand Scott Walker
Martin Erat Randy Robitaille Steve Sullivan
Scott Hartnell Greg Johnson Adam Hall
Darcy Hordichuk Scott Nichol Jordin Tootoo
Jeremy Stevenson, Kris Beech
Kimmo Timonen Danny Markov
Dan Hamhuis Ryan Suter
Mark Eaton Marek Zidlicky
Line 1- Nice balance...sniper in Kariya, two-way sniper-scorer in legwand, grinder-scorer in Walker
Line 2- Trotz wants to break up the scoring threats, hence Sully moves down a line and plays with Erat, who showed signs of breaking out last season and has added a lot of size and skill during the lockout. Robo is someone we scoffed at, but is having a camp that makes us wonder if he found Jesus and God is blessing him or something.
Line 3- Similar icetime to line 2, more like "line 2b". Hartnell is a similar story to Erat, and has been the best player in camp not named Kariya or Sullivan. Johnson does nothing outstanding, but everything well. good playmaker and great breakaway speed\moves, Hall is the dirty-nosed grinder that pops in the garbage.
Line 4- the energy line, and there's actually some decent skill there. Hordy and Nichol have impressed everyone with how well they skate and move the puck...but overall...no one is going to enjoy playing this pest line.
pairing 1- markov watches timonen's behind when kimmo jumps up.
pairing 2- both are excellent at both ends of the ice, so if one jumps up, the other can stay home
pairing 3- rock solid eaton can guard the fort while the zidlicky does his thing