I could see Clutterbuck playing a lot with Kassian and Konopka too...that lineup would be mean.
I know Brodziak traditionally plays center, but I didnt know where else to put him. He is too good to just be left off the roster, and he isnt really a 4th line guy either...maybe he and Granlund can play on the same line...Granlund would maybe be the wing though, and Brodziak the center.
the talent we have looks deep now...I think we still need to see some improvements on D. Hopefully someone like Scandella or Cuma can step up.
Other players who may get time, but may be a little more inconsistent with their time, includes Bullmer, Veilleux, Mitchell, Powe, Phillips
Its so sweet to get Parise and Suter, and then to be able to watch them grow with our blue chip prospects like Granlund, Brodin, Coyle, and maybe even throw Dumba in there is going to be very fun...not to mention that our current best player, Koivu has 8 years left on his deal.
Our first line is now really good. Heatley can play the right side and with having two legit playmakers we could hopefully see at least 30+. Setoguchi gets some pressure taken off him and gets moved to the second unit where he belongs. His speed and PMB's will work well with Granlund. Im just afraid of that being a small line. Cullen, Brod and Clutter make a very good 3rd line. Cullen played wing MUCH of last season and can easily shift over to the left keep Brod and Clutter in their positions. I hate puttong Mitchell on the bottom line but I just dont think he is better then anyone on the third line. But that line now has 3 natural C's, talk about should being able to win most faceoffs. Kassian and Vel make good additions for antagonists and grit if we need it.
I still am worried about our D. Top pairing with a righty and lefty is solid. Spurgeon was probably our best D last year (you skipped him Purple?). He was averaging something like 24 minutes? He just needs to put up more points. Scandella can move up in the lineup depending on how much he has improved, I see him being a future #2 or 3 just not yet.
Solid lineup, just a little concerned about the backend...Its really up to the youngsters how well we succeed next year.
Putting two gunners like Heatley and Parise on the same line can be risky, but hopefully Koivu would do a lot of creating for them...I would rather split the two up, and have more balance between our 1st and 2nd line.
haha, nice work pidg...not that Russo will be right for sure, but he knows more about this stuff than all of us, and as time keeps going by on PSD, its becoming more clear that you know more about hockey than most of the posters here.