I know Megna was kind of surprising everyone but I don't think he ever stood a legitimate shot at staying here.
Bennett had a "50/50" (I think they were in favor of Tangradi from the beginning) chance at being the new winger on the 2nd line but apparently wasn't viewed as ready enough. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw him at some point this season though. Tangradi has to play well enough to stay up here and there is always the risk of inury. At least he can clear waivers without any problem.
I hope Strait doesn't get claimed though. He is young enough and skilled enough to make a contribution to this team or, at the very least, be a trade chip at the deadline. Not saying he has a ton of value but young, NHL ready, defensemen always net a decent return
A guy who has been forgotten is Dustin Jeffrey. He was hurt most of last year but I still think he has the skill to contribute to the team. The only thing is, he doesn't really have a spot. He doesn't profile as a 4th liner, 3rd line center is Sutter obviously, and the first two, well, you know. I thought he should have been given a chance on Malkin's line but as of now, I guess he will be a healthy scratch
I hope Despres shines through this year. Kind of upset bennett didn't get that spot. But I will see if Tangradi can prove himself. And the rationale behind the 8 defense-men is that the offense is pretty much set. The D I feel like could be more fluid. Particularly if Despres disappoints.
Despres and Tangradi are getting PHENOMENAL opportunities though. Despres will still have a second chance if he doesn't come through. Tangradi not so much. Also, based on Shero's comments, it seems like Paul Martin may be playing to try to stay on this team this season.