As a quick analysis, here's a quick list of who I think definitely going to make the team:
Goaltender: Martin Brodeur, Kevin Weekes
Defensemen: Paul Martin, Colin White, Richard Matvichuk, Vitaly Vishnevski, Karel Rachunek
Left Wings: Patrik Elias, Zach Parise, Jay Pandolfo, Sergei Brylin
Centers: Dainius Zubrus, Travis Zajac, John Madden
Right Wings: Brian Gionta, Jamie Langenbrunner, Aaron Asham
1) For defense, Andy Greene and Johnny Oduya will likely make it, I just don't know where, so there's at least one fight there.
2) Keep in mind Brylin plays pretty much wherever, so there's a left wing spot open.
3) Jari Viuhkola will have every opportunity to make a name for himself in his first NHL training camp, but nothing is guaranteed other than he'll play in North America.
4) Given Asham can play on the other wing, you'll immediately see why I think David Clarkson has a great opportunity.
Of other things to note, best of luck to all the new guys to the NHL. I'd like to wish extra good luck to Viuhkola with his first taste of the NHL, and also to Tony Romano. I know Romano wasn't very keen on defensive systems
, which is one reason why he's now in the OHL. Now that he's in his first pro training camp (Perhaps this is another, now that I think about it. Incidentally, major juniors can go to camp, players still in college can't for NCAA eligibility reasons), I imagine the Devils organization will, shall we say help give him a brand new understanding and appreciation of playing on the other side of the puck.
The first pre-season game is this coming Monday against Philadelphia, best of luck to the team in general in training camp.
Labels: 2008 Preseason