However, 11 skaters have appeared in at least 30 of the team’s first 33 games this season. The majority of the tinkering has come with the final couple spots on the game roster; eight skaters have appeared in 10 games-or-less this season.
When asked earlier this season about the roster tinkering, Head Coach Barry Trotz said, “We’ve lost the Nichols, the Ortmeyers, the Fiddlers, the Bonks, those type of veteran guys. We now have a little more depth, but a couple guys we aren’t as familiar with – Goc, Guite, Olvecky, Scatchard – people like that. We had to find out who fits the right way into our team, our style. We had to rely on what we saw in training camp, see on a daily basis in practice, but sometimes when you play the games it turns out the other way, guys aren’t producing or the fit isn’t quite right, so we’ve had to experiment a little more at the start this year to get it right. But having that depth has given us the flexibility to experiment, too.”
Spaling would become the fifth Preds player to make his NHL debut this season, joining Cody Franson, Teemu Laakso
, Andreas Thuresson, and Colin Wilson
. And three other skaters entered the season with less than 10 games of NHL experience. --Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com