Aside from Vlad Sobotka sitting in favor of Trent Whitfield, I am puzzled to as why their top prospect, Zach Hamill, a former top 10 pick, isn’t up replacing Marc Savard. Hamill is their best playmaker in Providence and was very good during the preseason.
I don’t see how Trent Whitfield helps this club. Is a borderline NHLer and isn’t a top 9 player. With Whitfield in the lineup, you basically only have two scoring lines and Blake Wheeler is without Krejci which doesn’t help either. I’d like to see a lineup like this: