Great responses, everyone. All of you made compelling arguments about who might fit where. I had to laugh when a couple people pointed out that all this would be out the window before the end of the first game. That’s so true. Crawford switched lines so often last season that it made me dizzy.
The consensus seems to be a first line of Brown, Kopitar and Cammalleri, followed by Nagy, Handzus and Frolov, followed by Calder, Armstrong and O’Sullivan, followed by some combination of Zeiler, Ivanans, Thornton and Willsie.
That makes sense to me. Brown and Kopitar did indeed seem to click at the end of the season, although I wonder if the Kings will revisit the idea of Frolov and Kopitar playing together. It just seems a bit potentially problematic to me, if you’re Crawford and your best center might have chemistry issues with one of your top two wingers. I’m sure every team has that problem to some extent, but I wonder if it’s something they might try to resolve in training camp.
Seems as though there’s a general agreement on the defensive pairings of Visnovsky-Stuart, Blake-Johnson and Preissing-Modry.
I think the two linchpins in all of this might be Patrick O’Sullivan and Peter Harrold. If they can play well enough in camp to force themselves into better positions, it might shake things up. You could say the same about any number of young players, but I think those two have the most potential to considerably shake things up.
Thanks for the responses everyone. Feel free to keep posting them. I’ll throw another topic out there tomorrow morning.