Yesterday, we ran a poll to fill the 2 open slots on the Canes blue line for opening night for the 2015-16 NHL season. You can find that post and the polls and vote HERE.
Today, we ask the same question for forwards.
With the addition of Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom on Friday and the likelihood that the Canes are now set at forward heading into training camp, the Canes have mostly stocked the forward lines but do have an opening or two remaining.
On 1-way NHL contracts and almost certain to make the opening night roster if healthy are Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner, Kris Versteeg, Nathan Gerbe, Riley Nash, Jay McClement, Brad Malone, Andrej Nestrasil and Chris Terry. Victor Rask and Elias Lindholm are both technically on 2-way contracts but are also almost 100% certain to be in the NHL. That makes 12. With the expectation that the Canes would carry 13 forwards that leaves 1 opening to for sure to won in training camp with the potential for more if there are injuries.
So who wins a 1st and possibly 2nd open spot at forward for the start of the 2015-16 regular season. And if you are daring enough to try it pre-training camp, feel free to take a 1st shot at line combinations in the comments.