FORWARDS (15): Niclas Bergfors, Martin Erat, Mike Fisher-IR, Blake Geoffrion, Matt Halischuk, Patric Hornqvist, Sergei Kostitsyn, David Legwand, Cal O’Reilly, Craig Smith, Jerred Smithson, Nick Spaling, Zack Stortini, Jordin Tootoo andColin Wilson.
This is your 2011-2012 Nashville Predator team to start the season. Obvious notables are Craig Smith and Mattias Ekholm. With Mike Fisher (center) and Fracis Bouillon (defense) on the IR, and the Preds carrying an atypical 23-man roster, some choices will have to be made when these guys do get healthy.
As Jordan pointed out, Craig Smith is definitely on the hotseat. He will have to prove himself to keep his center position once Fish gets back in. I would also say a heavy eye will be kept on Cal OReilly. He will have to be just as impressive to remain with the big club once Fish is back.
Ekholm provides a bit of a conundrum. Signed to the Predators organization, he has gone to say that if he doesn’t play with the Preds in the NHL, he would prefer to go back to Sweden as opposed to the AHL. Much is being said about his transition to the smaller ice surface in North America, and neither side has commented on whether or not this is just speculation. He will seemingly get a chance to show why he should remain. Let’s see if he does.
A few more Predator questions have been answered. Here’s to puck drop. Best of luck to all teams, but of course…