By the numbers, pre-camp edition

Light the LampSenior Writer IAugust 4, 2008
Nash (6.5) Umberger (3.0) Huselius (4.75)
Modin (3.5) Brassard (.850) Torres (2.4)
Chimera (1.875) Peca (1.315) Boll (.570)
Murray (.600) York (.750) Voracek (.850)
Extra: Malhotra (1.5)

Commodore (4.3) Hejda (2.0)
Tyutin (2.25) Klesla (1.65)
Russell (.575) Backman (3.4)
Extra: Tollefsen (.750)

Leclaire (3.0)
Norrena (.900)

Total Payroll: 47.285
Notes:

* Brassard proves worthy of a top 6 spot
* York beats out both Manny and Novonty in camp to earn an opening day roster spot
* Novotny is traded or placed on waivers as there just isn't room for him on this roster unless a big rash of injuries strike
* Manny is the extra forward in a healthy lineup but chances are injuries strike and he sees plenty of regular time
* Hitch likes the look of Boll with Peca and Chimera. Plays it safe to start with Voracek on the 4th line. Although with that lineup expect 4 lines to be rolled regularly
* Dorsett just misses making the squad right out of camp but if a bottom 6 forward is needed he'll get the first callup
* I could see the organization carrying an additional defensemen -- either Rome or Methot -- as they don't want to expose them to the waiver wire

I'll tell ya what though I think Howson and Hitch are going to have some tough decisions to make. I mean what if Filatov steps in and just light it up? Or what if Matvichuk, Clitsome or Holden outplay some guys? You know there will be a "Boll" like suprise in camp. Quality depth is always a good problem to have I guess.

Discuss -
what is your projected opening day lineup at this point? (..and yes I know its early!)

-LTL