My guess is Read plays the point. They tried Schenn last year, but he didn't seem too comfortable (more comfortable than JVR but that's not saying much). Still don't know who else would play the point on the second unit other than Gus. Doubt they'd throw Manning in there.
Edit: Forgot Gervais (yikes). Still say Homer makes a move before the season starts (whenever that is).
Hartnell Simmonds Vorack Giroux will definitely be the first unit.
You don't think Briere Schenn Couturier and Read could possibly make up the 2nd?
They certainly have more capable forwards than capable defensemen. Finding a second defenseman is hard enough let alone an additional one. I would be shocked if it's not 4 forwards and a defenseman on both units to start the season.
Guys like Fedotenko and Talbot would be given shots to play on the second unit throughout the year as well, I'm sure
That first unit will look very solid. Worked great at the end of the season. For PP2 Id like to see
Briere-Couturier-Read as the forwards. If Coburn has to log heavy mins with grossman as top PK and top line defenders, I wouldn't mind giving the Schenn bros as the 2nd pairing defensemen. I thought B. Schenn played the point a little last season and wasn't completely awful
Hhmmm, sounds like Coburn will be playing too many pk and 5 on 5 time hence no pp time. I knew Giroux basically ran the 1st pp unit so I was hoping Coburn might fill in.
I assume Mez for sure is likely going to be on the 2nd pp unit?
When he comes back, yeah, but who knows if that'll happen this season.
I think Gus would be given a shot at the second unit QB, but he'll be on a short leash. They really can't afford to stunt the second unit's PP production too much by not having a capable defenseman back there setting the play up. And I'd rather not Giroux turn into a Kovalchuk where he spends the full 2 minutes on the PP on the ice.
Also expect Coburn to be given the most responsibility on the D corp this year with missing Pronger and Meszaros, and an aging Timonen. If Gus (or any other defenseman) can't handle it, they will look to Coburn.
The first unit will most likely remain intact. The second unit however will probably be experimented with quite a bit to see what fits. Brière is really the only one I'm sure will be on there full time. Read will if he plays as strong as he did last season, but he might not start out on it. Couturier, Coburn and the Schenn brothers will all be given an opportunity I think, as will Gustafsson if he makes the team.