Once training camps start there’ll be little time for fringe players and hangers-on to show their stuff. Logic tells us Nail the Great makes the team, and Justin the Terrible is the same slam dunk.
What about other junior age and AHL players? Any of those players get a look?
I imagine there are all kinds of situations that will arise once this thing gets rolling. Goalies might be so rusty that teams will have to carry an AHL G for the first two weeks until Nikolai’s joints get loose. And we have no idea how close to ready DD will be, although with the size of that contract he signed it shouldn’t be an issue.
What about blue? Ryan Whitney is always the first question, but you’ve got Nick Schultz, Andy Sutton, Corey Potter, Theo Peckham and Jeff Petry unemployed and miles from being game ready.
WILL there be provisions for NHL teams to carry extra men? One extra goalie, two extra blue called up from OKC? And if they don’t want the Barons blue further diluted, then perhaps David Musil takes a spin in the NHL as insurance?
Could the Oilers start the season with 26 roster players? The usual suspects plus a couple of extra blue? I think its possible.