Re: So who gets the dreaded call today?
posted at 9/18/2013 1:25 PM EDT
Yeah, SanDog, and Cross, and Spinell and Campbell. I think they'll get down to brass tacks pretty quickly except for the guys who are in contention for a job or who are playing well enough that management wants to see how far they can take it. I'm guessing Spooner, Caron, Smith, Fraser are the guys who hang around the longest, with Johnson, Knight and Khochlachev surviving the first cut at least. On D, it's Krug vs. Bartkowski. Not hearing any buzz on Morrow, didn't see him play, so I imagine he'll survive the first cut along with Trotman (seems to be the guy who's seizing the day at camp, no?). That will get them to 9 D and about 17 F pretty quickly, which, in terms of game action, means they can hold Chara out until close to the end of camp, be cautious with Bergeron and Campbell, and spell Iginla, Thornton, Krejci and Lucic. Probably want Kelly in every chance you get because chemistry with Kelly seems like a deciding factor.
Griffith to junior isn't ideal, but I'm just thinking about where does he play? The ideal situation would be to put him on a line with Spooner or Camper and see if he can produce at the AHL level. But then...where do you put Knight, Khokhlachev, Cunningham, Camara, Lindblad, and two of Caron, Fraser and Smith? And that's not considering that Nick Johnson is probably not going to play on the 3rd line in the minors, so you're probably slotting those 7 guys into 3 top six slots.
If they think Griffith is ready and the best bet for his development is to experience the pros, then they'll prove me wrong. But I think that would mean a lot less ice for him, or, worse, for a few other guys who are underachieving.
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