Piecing together what I've read, here's how the roster seems to be shaping up:
Goalies- Rask, Khudobin
I keep hearing the rookies have a chance but from an organizational depth perspective, this makes the most sense (AK would have to go through waivers). Besides, Subban hasn't looked great (some even saying he's not an NHL goalie)
Things probably got a bit clearer with the Krug injury. Chara and Carlo (paired together last night) will probably be the "top pair". I had read that Cassidy likes Miller with McAvoy (and that's how they were paired in the group practices, despite Krug pairing with the rookie in PS Game 2). So with Krug out, that seems the likely pairing. Many felt O'Gara and McQuaid were battling for the 6th spot (If O'Gara had won, Mcquaid would be 7 unless traded, if AM won, O'Gara could have been 7 or likely sent to Providence to play). Now that Krug is hurt, they are now 5 and 6. Postma maybe locking up the 7th spot?
If things stay the same, the top 2 lines should look as we've seen them (some said JD wasn't a lock on #2 but one of the Asst Coaches said they really like him paired with those 2). The 3rd line is a bit in flux (aside from Backes). Joey Mac thought it would be Vatrano/JFK/Backes but now JFK is hurt. Depending on the severity, that could open the door for back up for Spooner (maybe it was never closed since, despite his struggles, he isn't a guy you just dump). Beleskey's injury (again, unknown severity) probably keeps Vatrano on the LW. Early lineup projections had a 4th line of Schaller/Nash/Acciari but Gabrielle has played 2 of the 3 games on that line (even when BOTH he and Schaller played in game 1). I would imagine Agostino gets kept as an extra forward (Czarnik and Heinen, need to play so having them in Providence (instead of sitting) makes more sense.
A lot can change with 4 more preseason games left but that would appear to be where things stand (reading the tea leaves).
Question for whoever has followed the prospects long enough:
Subban was essentially the Blake Swihart of hockey as a prospect right? Guy with great athleticism who got put a position due to what seemed like a great fit. However not much experience there and didn't quite catch on as well and as quickly as one would hope. (Obviously a difference since Swihart may have ended up fine without the injuries).
It's a bummer to see it a consideration at all that he may not be an NHL goalie. It's weird with goalies because you don't know when to give up on their potential. He could underwhelm until 30 and suddenly become an elite goaltender.
Gabrielle among 1st round of cuts (at least among signed players - some UDPs like Studnicka had already made it back to their JR teams) but folks think he'll see the NHL at some point.
Interestingly, McIntyre was sent down while Subban stays with Boston (despite the former clearly outplaying the latter). Some wonder if that's to showcase for trade (though I'm not sure how playing poorly at the NHL level will increase value).
Great to see some Bruins talk here! I go back to the Orr days. Thanks Tex's for the threads. So with Kirk Luedeke out of the picture, he actually highly reccommended Bruins Network, and it's a great informative site. They feel Subban has outplayed McIntyre thus far, and speculates the same thing. Kirk has in the past thought Mc will finish ahead, but as pointed out here goalies are really tricky and Subban has great athleticism, so who knows. I have not been this excited about a young crop since Levielle, Fergus, Kluzak, Bourque early 80's. Of course injuries took down two of those and Fergus just didn't have great motivation. Then was Thornton, Samsonov. But what is unique here is the depth.. I just haven't seen anything like it , very excited! Sweeney did a great job holding his ground both during the off-season and at the trade deadline, as even fine writers like Hagg's had thought he'd have to pick and choose prospects to trade to become a contender. I love that he's held on- let other teams get desperate with injuries and come to the B's for Spooner, etc.- after, of course he proves that he's improved and worthy of a good price. Then one at a time get some picks for players and keep this window going a long time!
I've started following BruinsNetwork as well. While he's still high on Subban, his write-up didn't seem to suggest either outplayed the other (though suggested Zane is NHL ready now while Subban could be an NHL starter someday). He is the one that the take about how Subban carries himself (like a Vezina winner without effort to back it up).
Really interested to see how the lineup plays out. Either way, Providence could be a fun place to check out some hockey this year.
Post by umassgrad2005 on Sept 25, 2017 13:02:00 GMT -5
The thing about Subban vs. McIntyre is age. 23 vs 25. Subban was playing in minors while McIntyre was in College, his first year wasn't that good. He was very good last year, but had two years more experience on Subban. This is a big year for Subban, he needs to take a step forward.
Tonight is 1 of the last 3 Preseason games and I'm interested to see the lineups. It doesn't necessarily predict the lineup but could give an indication of who is REALLY competing for what jobs.
For example, now that Gabrielle is down in the AHL, will Schaller play alongside Nash/Acciari? That was BSJ's prediction for the 4th line so, if it's going to happen, I'd think they would want to start getting some in-game shifts together.
Is Heinen going to get a crack at the 2nd Line LW (where DeBrusk has gotten the ice time)? If not, where is he competing? What about Czarnik? If he gets the nod alongside Vatrano again (JFK is skating but may not be available until Thursday), does that mean he's competing with Spooner for 3rd line C?
So many possibilities (I know I'm posting minutiae right now but I'm as excited about this team - even if not a legit Cup contender - as I've been in a while)