[EHM 2018-09-22] 2018 Leadup to Camp

Leading up to 2018 Training Camp:

While Price is barring injury or trade, his backup is likely between Lars Haugen and Charlie Lindgren. Drafted prospects Zenko and especially Georgiyev have been impressive in training leading up to camp though so time will tell. McNiven is also at camp but projects to start with the Beast again this year and Luukkonen is playing in an international tournament missing a couple days of camp.

On defense we expect Weber to stay with the most minutes but his partner is up for grabs. It's expected Alzner will either play with Green or Juulsen with Sergechev taking whichever spot Alzner doesn't have. With Weber the favourite is Mete. Bereglazov and Honka will be fighting for the reserve D spot while Kindschi, McCormick, Ouellet, Wolf, Brook, Hicketts, Nother, Tuukanen (also missing a couple days for a European tournament) and Valiev are just here for the experience. Hicketts has been impressive in the lead-up training.

The expected lineup on foreward has changed dramatically with Thornton's ability declining so much in the off-season. While his experience is invaluable, consultants list him as unworthy for a spot on the team. Hishier has also not developed as much as expected despite winning the Calder and may lose his place on the top line.

Shipachyov-Rychel/Byron-Dadanov
Hischier-Dawes/Lehkonen-Gallagher
Koivu-Tatar-Reaves/McCarron/Yamamoto
Thornton-Domi-Drouin
Danault-Deslauriers/Aeschlimann/Goulet-Baun

That gives you an idea going in where player's may slide in however Lehkonen has shown he can play either wing and Dawes seems to only play well on the top two lines. Byron is good but Rychel looks better so far. Many other forwards are here for the experience but I wouldn't count out Hudon, Matveyev or Suzuki. Suzuki has already shown some chemistry with Rychel and Dadanov. Hudon is desperate for a spot after playing in Europe for a few years but is projected to play with the IceCaps. Matveyev looks good on paper but I haven't seen him play with the big boys yet. Kotkaniemi does not look ready for camp. A few players are also here to work on skills before the AHL/ECHL camps like Alexandre Ranger, Alexis Loiseau and David Broll.

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