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Thursday, September 11, 2008


I posted a depth chart a few months ago but thought I'd revisit it one more time before rookie camp starts tomorrow. After we can take a look back in one month's time to see how things shook out.

Left Wing
1. Rick Nash
2. Fredrik Modin
3. Jason Chimera
4. Andrew Murray
5. Nikita Filatov
6. Tom Sestito
7. Maxim Mayorov
8. Alex Picard
9. John Vigilante
10. Nick Sucharski

1. RJ Umberger
2. Derick Brassard
3. Michael Peca
4. Manny Malhotra
5. Mike York
6. Jiri Novotny
7. Craig MacDonald
8. Derek MacKenzie
9. Steve Kelly
10. Kirill Starkov

Right Wing
1. Kristian Huselius
2. Raffi Torres
3. Jared Boll
4. Jakub Voracek
5. Derek Dorsett
6. Adam Pineault
7. Stefan Legein
8. Jake Hansen
9. Peter Pohl
10. Robert Nyholm

1. Fedor Tyutin
2. Mike Commodore
3. Jan Hejda
4. Rusty Klesla
5. Kristian Backman
6. Kris Russell
7. OK Tollefsen
8. Aaron Rome
9. Marc Methot
10. Andrei Plekhanov
11. Jonathan Sigalet
12. Grant Clitsome
13. Clay Wilson
14. Nik Holden
15. Will Weber

1. Pascal Leclaire
2. Fredrik Norrena
3. Steve Mason
4. Dan LaCosta
5. Allen York

The lines I have posted are the my perceived cutoffs for Jackets roster spots and who I think makes the team. If true that means the Jackets will carry 24 players. Remember a team can only dress 18 skaters plus two goalies that that would mean 4 scratches should everyone stay healthy.

Can any of those below the line force their way up by the time opening night rolls around Friday October 10th? If so what happens to the guys they leapfrog?

A couple of guys that I think have that potential to make that leap are Filatov, Dorsett, Sestito, Methot, Plekhanov and Clitsome.

The push starts tomorrowin Traverse City!



Pub said...

I look for York and Methot to impress the coach this off season. Just a hunch.

Pyle said...

Do players with a one way contract have the option to start in Syracuse without going through waivers?

LTL said...

Pyle - nope all players with one-way deals must past through waivers before they can play in the minor leagues.

Actually the only difference between a 1-way and 2-way deal is that on a 2-way the player gets paid less dough if he's sent to the minors where as a player on a 1-way deal, even if he clears waivers and plays in the minors, gets paid his NHL salary.

The 3-year entry level deals are the contracts were players do not have to pass through waivers on their way up or down.


Anonymous said...

What about Andrew Murray? Where does he fit in?

LTL said...

After Howson extended Murray to a 3 year deal last season I certainly see him in the lineup. They love his motor and smarts with the puck. I think he'll be a 4th line winger.