Who makes it?
The more and more I keep thinking about this roster, the more excited I get, with both the present and future of this club. To be honest, I see the Bruins as one of the better teams in the East. Not only because I am a homer, usually I will say when I don't like this team, but because this team is DEEP, which is what Detroit was and all the Cup winners in the past were. So, let's take a look and see who makes this team.
We have say 14 active forwards for this season, so 8 locks leaving 6 spaces. I would say Soderberg would most likely end up in Providence and then is called up if necessary. I think they would REALLY like to get him some time getting to know North American hockey before most likely getting a roster spot next season. Assuming everyone is here, I think Sobotka goes to Providence as well just because he can get more playing time and be called up if necessary. Nokelainen is likely to be the 4th line center, but he also could end up in Providence or as a healthy scratch some nights. Reich will see extremely limited time as an injury replacement, and since his deal is 1 way, he might be traded for a pick or in a package. Thornton will see time as the goon on the team. Schaefer remains the most likely to be dealt if a trade is made, but he could be paired with Sobotka as they played well in the playoffs. Wheeler and Hamill with more than likely play in Providence and could get a late season call up.
As you can see, I moved Lucic up to the 1st line as it seems that the Bruins really want this guy up at the top, but a Lucic-Krejci-Kessel like could also work in which Murray would slot down to the 4th line and Schaefer plays with Savard as was planned last year. If Schaefer can regain playoff form all year, he will be a good player. I really don't see Reich doing much, which is why he is the 15th forward on the team. Thornton could spell for anyone via injury and juggle the lines and Sobotka and Nokie will likely split a lot of time. Obviously, a trade is what is most likely or buyout, but I am dealing with what we have now.
If Murray is gone, here are my lines.
So, as you can tell, this is a DEEP team with 4 legit scoring lines.