It’s that time of the year again.
Monday is Clear Day. The date when the AHL teams need to put together a roster of 22 players, and say that they are the only guys who can play the rest of the season and in the playoffs.
Of course, should emergency conditions arise as a result of a recall or injury or suspension, it would allow guys not on the clear day roster to play.
And then the voodoo-rosternomics begin.
The big surprise last season was that Ryan Maki was left off the clear day roster….yet he played 15 regular season games the rest of the season, and all 7 playoff games against the Wolves (including a HUGE goal to extend the series).
The surprise the previous year was that Oren Eizenman, who had been with the team for 12 days and played in just five games, made the list. And Mark Santorelli was listed as “in residence”.
Should we expect any surprises this year? Paul Fenton says no.
“Certainly Lane and I talk every day about what our roster is, and if we’re healthy, we’re in a good position here. We like the team that we’ve put together, we like the atmosphere and the way that people get along here. For the most part, you’re going to see all the players that we’ve had here this year with Lane on our clear day list. You won’t have a surprise, you won’t have Belak on our clear day list or anything. It’s going to be 99% of the players that we’ve had here unless something drastic happens.”
So we’ll take a stab at who we think is a lock, and who we think is on the bubble to make the clear day list.
G: Dekanich, Smith
D: Laakso, Blum, Ford, Johnson, Palin, Josi, Lewis
F: Mueller, Bourque, Kelsey Wilson, Geoffrion, Klasen, Thuresson, Van Guilder, Halischuk, Thang, Flynn, Bartlett
That’s 20 right there.
Santorelli — He was a healthy scratch in Chicago on Friday night, while McBride and Shields played. And has been scratched on numerous occasions this season. Has he completely fallen out of favor?
Spaling: Remember him? He has played well in Nashville, but he started the season with us. They could send him down if we’re playing hockey when the Preds are done, but is that enough to put him on the clear day list?
Begin: A huge question mark around his health. Is the chance that he’d be okay worth a clear day roster spot, or would it be better to just keep him in residence?
Hunter: Playing well, but he’s the guy that has been shuttled back and forth to Cincy a few times. Does his what-have-you-done-for-me-lately resume put him on the list?
McBride, Shields, Coulombe: Can any of them channel their inner-Eizenman? Or are they better served as being “in residence”?
So Roundtable….. Do you predict any surprises? Which of the bubble guys do you think have the best chance? Do I have someone on the lock list that doesn’t belong there?