1) from the preds website...
The closing playoff game vs Detroit on April 17, 2004:
Defensemen: Brad Bombardir, Mark Eaton, Dan Hamhuis, Shane Hnidy, Kimmo Timonen, and Jason York
Forwards: Martin Erat, Adam Hall, Scott Hartnell, Andreas Johansson, Greg Johnson, David Legwand, Vladimir Orszagh, Jeremy Stevenson, Steve Sullivan, Jordin Tootoo, Scott Walker, and Sergei Zholtok
Goaltenders: Tomas Vokoun, Chris Mason
I can't remember the specific lines because it's been so long and Trotz did a lot of maneuvering down the stretch to squeeze out more goals, so there was a lot of mix and match, for instance johansson and hall were in and out of center.
2) trotz is being very non-commital about his lines right now, but expect in the ballpark of...
Kariya, Legwand, Walker
Hartnell, Beech/Robitaille, Sullivan
Erat, Johnson, Hall
Hordichuk/Stevenson, Nichol, Tootoo/Stevenson
With Jamie Allison and one of Stevenson/Hordichuk/Tootoo being healthy scratches depending on the circumstance.
3) While Radulov has been pretty eye-opening in camp, there is no rush and you can expect him to be in juniors again this season. Barring injury or a complete pre-season meltdown, Ryan Suter should make the team. Most likely, that will be the only rookie, unless...
-If Beech/Robitaille are so horrible that they decide to move Hall to center, then there will be a battle between Upshall, Gamache, Pivko, and Shishkanov for a winger job.
-any of those guys are in the mix if someone gets injured.
-any of those guys could be in the mix if Tootoo doesn't make the 4th line and/or they decide they would rather have some skill there.
-any of those guys would be in the mix if Trotz somehow decides Erat is in his doghouse.
I'd rank those 4 scenarios in the realm of unlikely (except for the injury part). I'd be really surprised to see a rookie playing sporadically here vs. playing a lot in milwaukee or juniors.
To be fair: Our defense core was really bad at some points last year featuring Robert Schnabel, Wade Brookbank (as a contributing member mind you), and everyone else was basically learning on the fly save for Timonen. York was out due to injury for a bunch of games as well,
Anyone remember the Isles game (the one Tootoo knocked Martinek out), Brookbank went - 2 in less than a minute of ice time in that game