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It’s never too early to look at lines.

We can pretty well guarantee that Ken Holland won't make a trade unless it's at the deadline. At least he gives us that. But with Zetterberg done FOR-EV-ER, and based on a few things written here and there by the (probably) team - controlled media, but mostly the lines we've seen so far, we can make out how the roster shapes up.

Who cares about the average at best goalies and let's face it, Hicketts is going to be the 7th d-man and we'll run the same crap defense we did all last year.

Let's look at the forwards, which actually hold some promise this year! Bertuzzi – Larkin –Mantha Nyquist – Nielsen – Helm Abdelkader –AA –Vanek XXX - Glendenning - XXX Frk and Witkowski extras Frk is injured and Witkowski has the goon repellant/rover ability. But Kenny hasn't been afraid to say goodbye to Frk before.

I believe Khan wrote that Abby was meant to be on the third line with Vanek and AA. What a defensive hell hole, when last year it was the "shut down" line. Helm just scored 2 goals in the scrimmage. He's cemented there until he slips and falls on a freshly mopped floor, breaking his tailbone.

So this leaves 2 open spots for Svechnikov, Rasmussen, and Zadina. Who gets those spots? Cage match anyone? Your crazy (or not so crazy) predictions below.

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SwedeLundin83's avatar

Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha
Nyquist-Nielsen-Zadina
Rasmussen-AA-Vanek
Helm-Glendening-Abelkader

Frk/Witkowski

These are the way the lines should be, but they won’t and the new kids will get crap for time. What a cluster this lineup is. I’d prefer to see Rasmussen-AA-Zadina make up our second line and just let the kids do it.

Posted by SwedeLundin83 on 09/17/18 at 11:27 PM ET

hockeyfreak13's avatar

I don’t see that Bert - Larks - Mantha line lasting too long. It’s a little bit green for a top 6 unit. I also think Helm gets paired with AA to help with the center duties on that line.

Abby - Larkin - Mantha
Nyquist - Nielsen - Bertuzzi
Helm - AA - Vanek
Rasmussen - Glendening - Svechnikov
Frk Witkowski

Turgeon 1st call-up
Zadina in GR

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 09/18/18 at 07:46 AM ET

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Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 09/18/18 at 07:46 AM ET

I think you nailed it…at least until the line blender gets turned on.

Posted by Steve1306 on 09/18/18 at 08:11 AM ET

Tripwire32's avatar

Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha
Rasmussen -Nielsen-Zadina
Nyquist-AA-Vanek
Helm-Glendening-Abelkader
Frk/Witkowski

First two lines have to produce the scoring. The third line has two players that have to prove they belong in the scoring lines plus veteran Vanek to stabilize things. The fourth line, when mentally engaged, that’s a quality checking line that could produce secondary scoring. Witkowski can rotate in to give a fourth liner a break, and Frk can rotate into the third line as necessary for adequate top three line rotation.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 09/18/18 at 08:38 AM ET

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What is Svechnikov’s waiver eligibility status?

Posted by George0211 on 09/18/18 at 08:43 AM ET

hockeyfreak13's avatar

What is Svechnikov’s waiver eligibility status?

Looks like he’s waivers exempt for 1 more season.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 09/18/18 at 08:55 AM ET

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Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 09/18/18 at 08:38 AM ET

Yeah, so I forgot about Svech. If one of moose or Zadina is not ready, insert Svech here. Either way, one of AA or Nyquist is under pressure for getting squeezed out of the lineup.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 09/18/18 at 09:30 AM ET

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Hicketts is still waiver exempt while Jensen is not. What makes you think Hicketts will be the #7 D instead of Jensen? Of course this assumes that Hronek or Cholo slots into the top 6.

As for the forwards, I’m hoping it looks like this

Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha
Rasmussen -Nielsen-Zadina
Nyquist-AA-Vanek
Helm-Glendening-Abelkader
Frk/Witkowski

Posted by evileye on 09/18/18 at 11:12 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Of course this assumes that Hronek or Cholo slots into the top 6.


Your assumption is different from mine. smile

“we’ll run the same crap defense we did all last year.”

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/18/18 at 11:21 AM ET

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