Yesterday, I wrote about a couple interesting developments during training camp that I am tracking.
In addition to that, there is still work to be completed to build the opening day roster. And heading into a quick run of the final 3 preseason games in 4 days, the cuts should be fast and furious during the second half of this week once the Hurricanes return to Raleigh. The process of figuring out who will play with whom should also be expedited.
Today’s Daily Cup of Joe is the coffee shop version. You get to write it in the polls and in the comments, and I will sip coffee and take notes. It is your chance to play Coach Bill Peters just in advance of watching it all unfold with a few polls followed by a few similar questions.
Carolina Hurricanes forwards
Carolina Hurricane defense pairings
On the blue line, this set of polls starts from the position that left shots Ron Hainsey, Jaccob Slavin and Noah Hanifin will all make the team and be paired with a right shot. Note that this is not a certainty. Jaccob Slavin and Ron Hainsey played a decent chunk of the 2015-16 season on their off side. This is simply the easiest way to put together a simple set of polls, and it probably actually is the most likely scenario if everyone is healthy.
Most likely dark horses to make the Carolina Hurricanes opening day roster
Especially at forward, there is a need for more scoring and a couple slots that could be open which could make for an opportunity or 2 for someone off the depth chart to rise up and win a roster slot in true try out form.
Other Hurricanes roster discussion questions
–How many players do you think will still be on the roster after the set of back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday and the return back to Raleigh?
–Is there any chance at all that 1 of the AHL goalies pushes for an NHL slot, or is it a forgone conclusion that it will be Cam Ward and Eddie Lack (if they are healthy) in net?
The coffee shop is open. Go!