Offseason Musings – Part II

Jeff Angus

2010-07-31

Hockey

I'll go into a bit of depth on a fantasy issue or two pertaining to the other 15 NHL clubs. Check Part I out here.

 

Montreal


It's too bad Brock Trotter opted to sign in the KHL for the coming season. He had a 2009-10 with Hamilton, and had a decent (but not decent enough for his liking, obviously) shot at cracking Montreal's roster in a depth scoring role. He would have had to clear waivers to be sent back down to the AHL this season, so many are wondering why he didn't stick around for camp. Trotter is only 22, so keep an eye on how he does in Russia. Something tells me this isn't the last we have heard of him…

 

I have a hunch that Dustin Boyd finds a way to become an offensive producer for the Canadiens this season. He can play both wings and center, and he has lit the lamp on a consistent basis in junior and at the AHL level. Montreal's winger situation on the top two lines after Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta is wide open – Andrei Kostitsyn and Benoit Pouliot are far from sure things, as both are very streaky and inconsistent.

 

Nashville


Much is made of Nashville's embarrassment of riches in terms of defensive prospects – Cody Franson, Jon Blum, and Ryan Ellis get most of the attention, but Roman Josi may be the cream of the crop. Josi, who turned 20 in June, will play most of 2010-11 in Milwaukee, but he should see some time with the Predators throughout the season. He is a good skater and incredibly smart with and without the puck – he is one of those prospects that you look at and say, "He is going to be a really good pro."

 

New Jersey

The Devils are a completely different team with Ilya Kovalchuk, so it is hard to speculate on how the roster shakes out right now. Look for Martin Brodeur to have a big season – he played behind a very ragtag defensive group last season. Paul Martin playe