Not playing for Devils tonight: Kinkaid, Helgeson, Zidlicky, Harrold, Gomez, Matteau, Brunner, Janssen, Josefson, Boucher, Carter, Bernier
That leaves 2 reserve spots open (2G+7D+14F=23) between those listed above.
- Janssen easily sent down
- Matteau & Boucher sent down (top 9 replacements if injuries occur)
- Bernier sent down (hasn't made a case for himself over the other guys
That leaves Gomez, Brunner, Josefson, and Carter. Assuming the players in the lineup tonight are safe for being on the roster I would say Carter does not get a contract (Tootoo). That leaves Brunner (injury) and Gomez/Josefson.
If there is one thing that stands out to me this preseason between Gomez and Josefson, and this is just what first comes to mind, it is 2 PPGs and slick passing from Gomez and penalties from Josefson. So at the end of the day, if Gomez is Player A and Josefson is Player B, who makes the team better? Player A? I'm not 100% sure.
On the defense, it interesting Severson is playing again but obviously Zidlicky is going to in the top 6.
- Helgeson and Severson sent down (unless miraculously Salvador is traded -- there is no point have them play #7 role)
Greene, Zidlicky, Salvador, Harrold, Larsson, Merrill, Gelinas as the final group there.