From Rich Hammond:
Some quick thoughts:
There are six forward lines that either are (1) set in slow-drying cement, or (2) clearly represent combinations Murray is auditioning.
Rob Scuderi - Jack Johnson
Willie Mitchell - Drew Doughty
Peter Harrold - Davis Drewiske
Alec Martinez - Jake Muzzin
Thomas Hickey - Andrew Campbell
David Kolomatis - Johan Fransson
Nicolas Deslauriers - Samuel Groulx
Dylan King - Patrick Mullen
The first two are wet cement. The last two are the leftovers. Harrold-Drewiske just kind of screams "yes, we know they are 7 and 8." And these three are interesting:
Martinez - Muzzin
Hickey - Campbell
Kolomatis - FranssonThe first thing I notice about that is that the three guys I believe have a real chance of making the team (Muzzin, Hickey, Fransson) are each paired with a guy who is probably going to play in the AHL this year (Martinez, Campbell, Kolomatis). Now, Martinez is obviously more NHL ready than Kolomatis and Campbell, but I don't think anybody expects one of those pairs to emerge as the surprise of camp. Maybe Martinez/Muzzin has some sleeper potential, but not really (as that would require Martinez to outplay both Hickey and Fransson, and I don't see that happening; at least, I hope I don't). It will be interesting to see how those pairs evolve as we get deeper into camp.