Apr 142014

By Chris Block

Last night I joined Forklift of HockeeNight.com on his weekly PuckCast for their annual NHL Playoff preview and predictions show.

Forklift attended the Rockford IceHogs vs Chicago Wolves game in Rosemont on Sunday afternoon, so we covered the ‘Hogs, Teuvo Teravainen as well.

Check it out here.


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  2 Responses to “NHL Playoff Preview on HockeeNight PuckCast with Forklift and Chris Block”

  1. Hey Chris –

    What will the roster be for RH defenseman next year besides Seabrook & possibly Roszival? It seems Rundblad and Johns would get legitimate chances next year. I don’t understand why Hjarlmasson plays the right side when he is a left handed shot, but he has been playing well.

    • There’s a few minor adjustments a left-handed shot playing the right point, or vice versa, has to make. Most guys (not all though) aren’t bothered by playing either side. Some prefer skating off the wall on their forehand over the obvious advantage of accepting or picking off pucks near the wall on your forehand. I’m always interested in getting different defensemen’s view on that. From my experience, at that level, most guys don’t mind playing either side. Though most will say they have a preference.

      As far as next year goes, it all depends on how far this group goes this postseason. If they go out this round, I expect a decent amount of change up and down the roster. If they win again, I anticipate very little change. Brookbank could stick around as a 7th. They like him. Rozsival has a deal and a limited no-trade clause for next season, but I don’t see him back in a top 6 role next year, so he could be dealt to a team who can use him. Dahlbeck has a shot. But I see him making it out of training camp only to be sent back to Rockford for more seasoning in late October or early November. Johns, I think would be best served by 3 or more months of experience in Rockford before he’s called upon. Clendening will be back in Rockford for sure. Seabrook’s going to get moved in a year or so and they’re still leaning on the idea Clendening and Johns together will balance out that subtraction.

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