With the reassignments of TJ Hensick, Brian Willsie and Per Ledin, the Avs roster is down to 23 names; that means they're eligible to play their season opener tomorrow night (10 PM ET) against the Boston Bruins.
While I knew the Avs wouldn't take my advice about Hensick, I thought for sure that they'd check out that video I posted showcasing Per Ledin. No, instead, they decided that they were going to let Scott Parker stare at some people this season. Great. (Note the sarcasm.)
Willsie had a strong couple of pre-season games and I thought he might make it; but, the Avs will use him purely for depth purposes.
AF's Projected Lines (Opening Night)
Ryan Smyth - Paul Stastny - Milan Hejduk
Wojtek Wolski - Joe Sakic - Darcy Tucker
David Jones - Tyler Arnason - Marek Svatos
Cody McLeod/McCormick - Ben Guite - Ian Laperriere
Spares: Cody McLeod/McCormick, Scott Parker,
As I've said all along, McCleod and McCormick are all but interchangeable at this point. I've always been more of a McLeod fan but I think the Avs will put in the (slightly) more experienced McCormick tomorrow night. I also just realized that the Avs only have three left wingers among the forwards and just one right handed defensemen. Things are weird, sometimes.
Jordan Leopold - Adam Foote
John-Michael Liles - Scott Hannan
Ruslan Salei - Brett Clark
Spare: Daniel Tjarnqvist
It's a very good top six. The way I have it proobably won't be the way it shakes out, but based on the ice time that Leopold was getting in the last exhibition game, I'm expecting the Avs to try and use him to his max. (Or maybe they just want to get the most out of him before he pulls something in the shower.)
A huge question mark. I won't completely judge Budaj until he really messes up. Raycroft is a pylon.
Game time is tomorrow night at 10 PM ET (8 PM Mountain). It can be seen on Versus and will be joined-in-progress. In other words, the NHL is too stupid to show us the entire thing.
Oh, and if my Center Ice decides not to kick in, I'm shutting down my blog.