...Sturm was last years Arnott, and he made the team...this year if Arnott is signed he will be in the starting line-up at the 3rd line centre position come game 1 and the year after that it will be another raggedy old hasbeen veteren and the year after that, so on and so on. It's the way Gillis and AV roll.
IF Gillis signs Arnott, which is a big IF, he could be the 3rd line C, if he's good enough.
Like I said, Sturm was shipped out quickly, and if Arnott, or someone like him, perform like Sturm, they will be shipped out too.
Trust me, no kid is getting past Arnott, Ebbett, Malhotra and Raymond this year. The only spot available is that 12th forward position on the 4th line held by Weise, but that fight is between Volpatti, Pinnizotto(sp?), Desbiens and Weise. I will bet you my bottom dollar that Jensen will be in Sweden and Schroeder in Chicago come the 1st game of the NHL, that is if Kesler isn't back. Kassian my find a spot on the 4th line if Malhotra keeps declining.
So Kassian only makes it if Malhotra declines?
Kassian will be on the team unless he plays like absolute shit in camp.
I really don't see Ebbett or Raymond being guaranteed anything this year. If Raymond does well, he'll make the team.
Ebbett would make it only if a young player falters or if he can somehow grab the 13th forward spot. They know what they have in Ebbett, and he's just a depth forward.
If Schroeder outperforms Ebbett, there's no reason why he wouldn't make it over Ebbett.
As for Weise, Volpatti, and Pinner, one or none could make the team.
I see a lot of flexibility with the roster with Kesler out. Even if Weise and Raymond make the team, the roster can easily look like this:
Sedin Sedin Burrows
Booth Schroeder Higgins
Hansen Arnott Kassian
Weise Lapierre Raymond/Malhotra
Raymond and Malhotra can easily be the 12-13 forwards with Schroeder and Kassian making the team.
Now if Jensen is lights out, he could easily be kept too with one of Mase, Malhotra or Weise being dispatched.