If you have not seen it, here is the CBJ playoff roster:
Forwards(17)- 10 Alexander Wennberg, 11 Kevin Stenlund, 13 Cam Atkinson, 14 Gus Nyquist, 18 Pierre-Luc Dubois, 19 Liam Foudy, 20 Riley Nash, 23 Stefan Matteau, 24 Nathan Gerbe, 28 Oliver Bjorkstrand, 38 Boone Jenner, 42 Alexandre Texier, 50 Eric Robinson, 52 Emil Bemstrom, 71 Nick Foligno, 74 Devin Shore and 77 Josh Anderson;
Defense(11)- 2 Andrew Peeke, 3 Seth Jones, 4 Scott Harrington, 6 Adam Clendening, 8 Zach Werenski, 27 Ryan Murray, 44 Vladislav Gavrikov, 46 Dean Kukan, 53 Gabriel Carlsson, 58 David Savard, 65 Markus Nutivaara;
Goaltenders(3) - 70 Joonas Korpisalo, 80 Matiss Kivlenieks and 90 Elvis Merzlikins
Why add Anderson if his surgery recovery will keep him off the ice or at best less than 100%? Lilja, Sherwood or even Ryan MacInnis could have been added for depth. I do love Stenlund on the roster as he was deadly on the PP. Matteau and Foudy are interesting additions as neither played much during the regular season campaign. Gus and Bjork are going to be asked to do much of the scoring, lets hope they are on their 'A' game.
The D-Corp looks strong and deep. Only question is how many games will Murray stay on the ice? Having time off for Seth to recover may be key to a run through these playoffs.
Who starts in net? Both have had solid season and stretches where they were untouchable. In a quick 5-game series you don't have time to figure out who has the hot hand. It is a coin toss at this point.
Don Cherry has some criticism for the Leafs but still picked them to take the series. I think that is the way most are going to lean. I cannot say that I disagree. Early in seasons play is more sloppy and favors the offense. It takes time to feel comfortable partnering on in-zone coverage within a defensive pair, mistakes get made before it works correctly. This does not bode well for the Jackets who's game is lock down defense and opportunistic offense.
We will see how it plays out. I don't know about you, but I am stoked for all day hockey in the very near future!
Good Luck (stay safe) and Go Jackets!