Hard to say from Tampa, as it depends on who will be forced to leave the team this summer.
Jonathan Drouin is the only sure one.
Vladislav Namestnikov (if somebody gets injured)
Cedric Paquette (maybe he can already secure his spot in the playoffs)
Slater Koekkoek (if somebody gets injured)
Kristers Gudlevskis (if Bishop is not ready or Lindbäck is out of town without a replacement, which I hope does not happen)
Andrej Vasilevsky (same as Gudlevskis)
MAYBE Erne will get a 9 game try, but with all the forwards I just don't see it yet.
For Ottawa, a lot dot depends on off-season moves, like a lot of teams, but at this point:
- Mark Borowiecki (one way deal), Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone will all start next season with the Sens, short of something very strange happening.
- JG Pageau - will be in the mix for a bottom 6 spot. They like his two-way versatility.
- Matt Puempel / Shane Prince: Both will be competing to land a LW position. Both likely to see time with team at some point next year
- Curtis Lazar - will get a look - 50/50 he makes the team, as they can't send him to Bingo
- F Claessen - with 8 guys in front of him as of now on the depth chart, unlikely, but he will get a look at some point next year, and depending on offseason and injuries, might even see extended time with the team next year. Deserves a look.
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Reinhart for the Islanders. One of the RHDs might have a shot(Pulock, Pokka or Mayfield) if they don't bring in a UFA, but going with two rookie D's would be surprising IMO.
Guys like Strome, Nelson, Lee and de Haan will also be there, but they have all already made the team.
Unless the Isles win the lottery and get the #1 overall pick, I don't see anyone other than Reinhart having a legitimate chance to make the team in training camp. Wouldn't be surprised for him to start in the AHL either.
Strome, Nelson, Lee, and de Haan have pretty much graduated from prospects to regular NHLers at this point.
The Flames have a lot who "could" make it. But a team can only handle so many rookies at once - from both an experience perspective and a cap perspective (ie. you're not hitting the floor with 6 rookies).
Stefan Elliott will make the Avs roster next year if he's not traded before then.
Chris Bigras and Duncan Siemens are possible but I doubt it since we are pretty jammed on D (not exactly jammed with talent though)
One of Troy Bourke, Andrew Aggozino, Mike Sgarbossa, Joey Hishon and Mitch Heard may end up with a bottom 6 spot but I think our forwards are already set.
Both Mark Pysyk and Johan Larsson have pretty good chances to make the Sabres next year. Ristolainen will get every chance to make the team as well, but may be down in Rochester to get huge minutes to start next year. The 1st/2nd overall pick this year, likely Reinhart or Bennett, will have a great chance, too. I also expect Zadorov to get at least a 9 game look to start the year. Grigorenko should start next year in Rochester, but if he rightfully earns a top three center spot, I hope they'd keep him up here.