I’ve been asked a few times if we’re hoping for an NHL lockout since it likely would mean some extra NHL talent would be playing at the AHL level.
The answer is absolutely not. An NHL lockout is bad for the sport that we love no matter how you slice it. We hope the labor dispute gets resolved in the next 15 minutes, and we can all get back to some degree of normalcy.
That said, it’s kind of fun trying to come up with some line combinations that include Craig Smith and Gabriel Bourque.
So your task, should you choose to accept it, is to come up with four lines of forwards for the Admirals. Choose from this pool of players (and you can be as liberal with position as you like…..we’ve seen some of these guys in multiple positions previously, and Capgeek and Hockeydb have some disagreements on positions too….so you have some leeway)
Craig Smith, Gabriel Bourque, Chris Mueller, Juuso Puustinen, Taylor Beck, Michael Latta, Mark Van Guilder, Austin Watson, Josh Shalla, Kevin Henderson, Daniel Bang, Jani Lajunen, Patrick Cehlin, Ben Ryan, Andre Bouvet-Morrissette, and Jack MacClellan.
Does Bourque go back with Chris Mueller or Craig Smith (or neither)? Do any of the guys on AHL deals trump Nashville prospects for playing time? Which of the new guys are you expecting big things from, and which of the returning guys is going to take the biggest step forward?