Booth hasn't been cleared to play yet and Kassian is penciled in to play with the Sedins to start. I'm expecting something like this:
Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Zack Kassian
Chris Higgins-Ryan Kesler-Alex Burrows
Niklas Jensen-Jordan Schroeder-Jannik Hansen
Tom Sestito-Brad Richardson-Dale Weise
Dan Hamhuis-Kevin Bieksa
Alex Edler-Jason Garrison
Andrew Alberts/Frank Corrado-Chris Tanev
Only thing wrong with the Bruins one is that I'd make the top-4 Chara-Boychuk Seidenberg-Hamilton. Could be wrong though, Hamilton could very likely be paired with Chara. But Seids is LD, Johnny RD.
There's also a battle for the 3rd line RW, I wouldn't exactly say Caron is the frontrunner, but he's one of the 4 main candidates. Between him, Fraser, Smith, and Knight. Lindblad and Cunningham darkhorses.
Yeah we have essentially 5 lines that are NHL caliber atm. So some of those lines will merge and 1-2 guys will be sent down. Will be interesting to see who's paired with Beauchemin when he's back which looks to be sooner than we thought.
Booth has yet to be cleared for training camp, but is listed day to day. Speculation suggests Jensen will be the primary target to play in his stead. Otherwise, Higgins will move up. Likewise, Schroeder is subject to change, as is Alberts.
Bickell - Toews - Kane
Sharp - Kruger/Handzus - Hossa
Saad - Shaw - Hayes
Bollig - Kruger/Handzus - Smith
I see Kruger as the better fit at 2C to platoon with Handzus with Saad being more natural at the wing and better on that 3rd line with Shaw and Hayes. Hayes has been extremely impressive at camp so far and is starting to win over a bottom 6 spot in favor of guys like Morin or Beach.
Andy Greene will be with Larson for sure. Fayne most likely with Volchenkov, leaving salvador and zidlicky. First line as of now looks like Elias Zajac Jagr also. Josefson will not be the 3rd line left wing, that's for certain. And now we have to slip Brunner somewhere on the 2nd/3rd line.
i know every post here re: Preds has BECK pencilled in, but the cold hard facts remain... he's Milwaukee bound to start the season, and he'll get a ton of ice there, and when Trotz needs a top 6 guy, he'll be a callup.
Or... there'll be a deal prior to start the season that may relieve the glut, but Gaustad, Clune and Hendricks are more likely to be the 4th line than the fifth...