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Any predictions? Not much to go off on but:

Hyman - Matthews - Nylander
Mikheyev - Tavares - Marner
Vesey - Kerfoot - Barabanov
Spezza - Thornton - Simmonds (It's gonna happen) 

*I'm thinking Barabanov earns the spot over Robertson. Although Nick might just earn it. Might come down to who can PK better. 
We also have the problem of what to do with Engvall. I could see him/Spezza/Thornton and rotating in and out. 
Korshkov and Anderson could be two surprises but I don't think they have enough there. Would like to see Korshkov get some games in, could be a good grinder in the bottom 6. 

Rielly - Brodie
Muzzin - Holl
Lehtonen - Dermott
Bogosian

Think Lehtonen edges out Bogosian. Bogo slots in if Mikko struggles or Holl/Dermott struggle. 
Would love to see Sandin take a next step but don't think he's there yet. Same with Timmy L. 

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I don’t think they recalled Korshkov back from his loan, iirc. He’d probably benefit more from getting top line minutes in the KHL anyways.

Hyman - Matthews - Nylander

Mikheyev - Tavares - Marner 

Vesey - Kerfoot - Simmonds 

Barabanov - Thornton - Spezza

Rielly - Brodie 

Muzzin - Holl

Lehtonen - Dermott

Bogosian 

Taxi squad:

Dell, Robertson (ineligible to play in the AHL due to his age), Marincin, Sandin, Timmy, Anderson. I don’t remember how many players can be on the taxi squad, but I do know that there needs to be at least one goalie (Dell) on it and that someone like Marincin will have to clear waivers to be on the squad.

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Hyman-Matthews-Nylander

Mikheyev-Tavares-Marner

Barbanov-Thornton-Kerfoot

Engvall-Spezza-Robertson

Simmonds

 

Thornton and Spezza together is a bad idea, way too slow. Simmonds isn't an everyday player, rather see the kids in the lineup.

 

Rielly-Brodie

Muzzin-Dermott

Lehtonen-Bogosian

Holl

 

I'd like to see Dermott tried in a bigger role, and put Lehtonen with a vet like Bogosian to start.

 

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Hyman - Matthews - Mitch

Kerfoot - Tavares - Willy

Robertson - Joe - Mikheyev

Spezza - Engvall - Simmonds

 

Rielly - Brodie
Muzzin - Holl
Lehtonen - Dermott

 

No out in Korshkov's contract, so he will finish the season in the K, as he should IMO. 

Getting big mins and playing very well this season.  He'll be very much in the mix next season.  

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8 hours ago, StepOnYou said:

Mikheyev Matthews Marner

Hyman Tavares Nylander

Robertson Thornton Barbanov

Kerfoot Spezza Simmonds

 

Rielly Brodie

Muzzin Bogosian

Lehtonen Holl

Dermott

 

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This would be a nice top 6. 

Assuming Mikheyev comes back strong.

 

Not sure where Thornton slots in.. I definitely want to see his elite passing with Matty. Maybe PP only.. dunno.

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