Barring another bite from the injury bug, this will mean having a long-awaited surplus of forwards who have seen substantial action in the NHL this season. Peverley should have an opportunity to suit up for at least five or six games to close out the regular season, and in turn, build up momentum to ride into the playoffs.
Naturally though, Peverley’s impending return brings head coach Claude Julien the “good problem” of having to determine the 13th, aka spare, offensive player.
The top-four candidates to assume that role, each bearing noteworthy plus points and drawbacks are assessed in alphabetical order in the following slides. Julien will need to monitor each player’s pros and cons over the next two weeks and meticulously determine whose unique qualities will be needed, which ones are expendable and which ones might pose a problem.