Bobby (Hopefully not Bobby Lalonde) writes...
Nikita Filatov is clearly no bottom-six player. However, what's done if he's outperformed in camp by Foligno? (Any player in hockey can be outplayed in camp by Nick Foligno, with the sole exception of maybe Brandon Bochenski) Let's say that Paul Mabcock is willing to keep up with the Clouston-esque desire to juggle every conceivable fucking position, except for slotting Foligno down the middle on the second or third line. So with Foligno sticking to his unnatural left wing position, what's done with Filatov?
It's hard to fathom putting Michalek on the third line. Does Filatov have a realistic chance of ending up in Bingo?
I'm inclined to think that he's going to end up on the top two lines, even if he spends most of training camp partying like it's 2007, but I'm curious to hear what you guys think.
Ah training camp - a fantastic time of year when even the most even tempered of fans can get pretty jacked up since it means that the hockey season is just around the corner. It's also a time unabashed optimism when even the stories of journeymen AHL veterans pull at the heartstrings. Some fans will relish in the growth of the organization's depth - pencilling what they envision the line combinations to be one, two or three years down the line. Others will savor the opportunity to watch Ottawa's new young prospects for the first time. And then there are those who get way too caught up in the performance(s) of (insert player name here) because they put up some points in a meaningless game against an opposition that features an inordinate amount of minor league talent.