Pretty sure I saw a f'ing tweet from Bobby Mac that the Caps were not expecting any junior players at camp. Than might have been NA juniors. But I dont expect any to make the team with no preseason games or anything. Have to hit the ground running with NHL'ers ready to go.
Leafs fan here. Um, is Forsberg coming to training camp?
He would add another dimension to that second line. Also did Kuznetzov pull a radulov? is he ever coming over?
Radulov was under NHL contract at the time of departure, so legally they have totally different statuses. But Kuzya has said that he's interested in winning all the big trophies, and that it includes Stanley Cup.
btw....that 2nd line of wolski-ribeiro-perreault is a hoot. there is not a chance in hell those three get on the ice together. if i just happens as a result of two passing lines during a change, a coach should be fired.
I still don't get breaking up 8 and 19. To me the chemistry they have together far outweighs any added danger to the second line if they're broken up. I would love to see Oates roll 3 scoring lines to help develop Johansson at center, but I think a likely lineup to start the season is this:
Schultz-Orlov(if ready, Hillen if not)
If Poti actually is a factor, thats a serious boost to the defense, but I honestly doubt it at this point. I think he may be able to be a decent bottom pairing guy, but as of right now its just too much of a wildcard to really be able to call it. Also, I expect to see Schultz in the opening night roster, and I wouldn't even be surprised if hes paired with Green and we see Hamrlik with Orlov. Beyond Alzer and Carlson, I think pairings are kind of a toss up.
As far as forwards go, I think unless Wolski really looks awful in camp, he probably gets the second line spot instead MP85, but that could easily change. If that happens im honestly not sure how I'd roll lines, because I really prefer to see Laich in a scoring roll on the wing than a checking one at C, but with the roster as is there may not end up being a truly viable way around as I think Johansson has a top 6 roll at wing locked down. You move up Brouwer if Laich does end up as 3C though.