Taylor Hall’s team looks like it’s ready to leave the station for 2011-12. Some quick healing defensemen have apparently made a waiver claim or trade moot, and we can hope that Ryan Whitney has some good practice sessions for the rest of this week.
Based on this article from Jim Matheson, we might conclude the roster will look like this.
- IR: Sam Gagner, Ryan Whitney, Ladislav Smid, Ben Eager, Taylor Fedun
- G: Nikolai Khabibulin, Devan Dubnyk
- D: Tom Gilbert, Cam Barker, Andy Sutton, Jeff Petry, Theo Peckham, Corey Potter, Taylor Chorney
- C: Shawn Horcoff, RNH, Eric Belanger, Anton Lander
- L: Taylor Hall, Ryan Smyth, Magnus Paajarvi, Ryan Jones
- R: Ales Hemsky, Jordan Eberle, Linus Omark, Lennart Petrell, Darcy Hordichuk
22 men on the active roster, they can activate Smid (who apparently is close to ready) should he be able to go for game one. The older players added up front (Smyth, Belanger, Petrell, Hordichuk) should make that forward group much better, and if they can help out the blue and the goaltending can stay together then there’s a chance they finish deep in the second division.
I’ll say 13th in the conference, 26th overall.