I expect a young offensive minded defenceman with Hamhuis and key shutdown third pairing for our back. Kesler will be the veteran with Kassian and a young playmaker for our second line. Not a real gutsy decision in dealing with individual players, but I think that these will be the line combinations.
That looks ugly. Don't think 37 year old Sedins will still be playing, let alone on the first line.
We always seem to be able to spit out quality grinder/bottom-6 forwards. I see Rinaldo, Laughton, Cousins, Brown, Akeson, McGinn, Holmstrom and even the goon Mathers as being "possible" NHL players. Tweeners most of 'em, though.
Coburn - Schenn
Carle? - xxx
Grossmann? - xxx
Gustafsson, Bourdon, Manning and some other minor prospects have a shot at making the big club but it's a crapshoot.
aaaaand who the **** knows in terms of goaltenders. Bryz probably still. Hovinen, Heeter and even the new 2nd rounder could be possibilities. Hovinen looks decent.
This will likely be nothing like the actual team, it is mostly wishful thinking and some guess work:
Sergei Kostitsyn - Craig Smith - Bobby Ryan*
Pontus Aberg - David Legwand - Patric Hornqvist
Gabriel Bourque - Nick Spaling - Austin Watson
Taylor Beck - Michael Latta - Matt Halischuk
Ryan Suter** - Shea Weber***
Roman Josi - Mattias Ekholm
Mikko Vainonen - Ryan Ellis
*I think we could trade for a top line forward like Bobby Ryan maybe using guys like Colin Wilson and Jon Blum to do so.
**Depends on if Suter re-signs, if not then a free agent or maybe Roman Josi could fill that spot.
***Again this is dependent on Suter re-signing I think, but again if not a free agent or draft pick would fill this spot.
I think I've been highly reliant on our farm system here. But I have full confidence in guys like Latta, Beck and Watson progressing. I have gone out on a limb on the likes of Vainonen, Ekholm and Aberg but I'm hopeful.
It's impossible to predict your team in five years. WAY too much changes over that time.
Here are the Flyers five years ago game agaisnt boston:
Derian Hatcher Braydon Coburn
Hands up who knew only Coburn will be with them five years later