I think there is a lock for the top 4, possibly even the top 5 since I believe Hillen showed last year that he deserves his roster spot on the team offensively and defensively. My lock for the top 4 are Streit, Wiz, Eaton, and Martinek(if he can stay healthy). That would leave the 6th spot open to mostly 1yr wonder a-mac, the never played up to their potential yet gervais and jurcina, and the I need a miracle camp to make the team Hamonic since he hasn't had any ahl/nhl time yet. Out of them, I honestly believe a-mac has the best chance to make the team because of how defensively smart he played last year and the potential he could have. But then again, Gervais and Jurcina have shown to be very responsible bottom 2 nhl veterans in their time with that job so that makes this situation very interesting. Other things that come into play:
Was drafted by us and is still only 25. Has played with the islanders for ~ 3 full nhl seasons and was mostly given a role that he shouldn't have been given. Because of injury or lack of depth, Gervais was forced into high-minute and heavy lifting jobs he couldn't fulfill. This could have hurt his maturation and definitely hurt his play. Gervais has shown many signs of light that he could be a great and very solid bottom 2 15-20pts defensive player in that role, possibly even a top 4 at times. Is it time to give up on Gervais or finally give him that he was form fit to play and shine at on a bottom pair?
Drafted by the Bruins and is 27. Is taller and bigger than Gervais, but doesn't play it and certainly doesn't play with the same drive Gervais does or does as much charity work as Gervais does. But he does play as an effective bottom 2 when given the job. Has mostly played with the offensive juggernaut known as the Capitals, so you must take his offense and +/- numbers with a grain of salt. But in the role, he does play like he was fit for a bottom 2 role in a number of ways. Also has the potential to be crease clearer if he uses his size. Another bonus to Jurcina was that he played in Gordon's hockey system under Gordon for 2years at the ahl level, where he was solid top 2 guy but still not very offensively productive at all. Is it time for Gordon to throw Jurcina back into the system that he knows and in a starting job, like he had for a couple of years with the Caps? For all we know Gordon could have custom ordered Jurcina when we missed out on the other top d-men in the market or he could have been brought in to make our ahl defense better? Who knows.
Don't bring a-mac into this because I believe he is a 3rd leg and should be a wild card because how unproven he is and how undersized he is compared to gervais and jurcina.
Whom do you think has the better chance of making the starting line-up/top 6 out of camp and why?