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Forgot about Lindblom! Good call. I hope he makes this team. I'm just worried about contract length/veteran status influencing the lineup rather than ability and potential (PEB & Weise). Given PEB's contract status, I have a hard time seeing him not on this team, but I appreciate your sentiment. My mouth waters over that lineup you just listed, especially the prospect of a 4th line (and 13th forward) full of middle-six players. I agree/hope we're right on Neuvy; otherwise, that contract makes no sense whatsoever. The one nitpick I have with this lineup is the AMac situation. Obviously, I'd prefer he be the 7th d-man or in the minors, but as long as he's on the roster, I don't see a way Hak doesn't stick him with Provy and/or give him top 4 minutes. I'd prefer Manning, Alt, Sanheim, or TJ Brennan in that bottom pair slot. Of course, if the rest of the lineup falls into place as you described, I'll stomach AMac in a bottom-pair tole.
Your list has one too many forwards. They can only protect 7; you've listed 8. I hope hope hope that they resign and protect Weal. I'd also like them to resign Cousins. He's underappreciated and underused by Hak. (Surprise.) Assuming resigning and protecting Weal and resigning Cousins, that would expose Raffl, Weise, PEB, Read, and Cousins. It's a pipe-dream to expect them to select PEB and thus actually ice a fourth line with scoring potential, so I see Vegas selecting Raffl. (Unless Hexy has worked out a deal with Vegas to take Neuvy, my other pipe-dream.) Optimal lineup--some combo of: TK-G-Jake Weal-Filp-Simmonds Schenn-Coots-Raffl Cousins-Vecchione-Read 13th forward--Weise Best we can hope for: TK-G-Jake Weal-Filp-Simmonds Schenn-Coots-Weise PEB-Vecchione-Read 13th--Cousins (Vegas will take Raffl, Read, or Cousins, if not Neuvy. Cousins also a better player than PEB, but he's got that new contract and an "A" on his sweater.)
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