New York Islanders Roundtable: Our Top Six Forwards
I have no doubt that Tavares centers Ladd and Parenteau on opening night. As the season goes on everything changes. Maybe Ladd is the perfect veteran to nurse along a young center like Barzal or Strome. And I am not one who has a high confidence level in P.A. He could certainly fall from that first line spot during the long grind.
My best bet for a second line on opening night is Strome at center. I’m predicting that Barzal either goes to Seattle now or a few games later. Which makes Nelson a 3rd line center and not Strome’s wing.
Lee has been playing regularly with Strome this pre-season so let’s assume he plays on one side. The good news is that Strome is a right handed center and more apt to feed a left wing than a right wing. I’ll guess Prince as the other winger because… Lee skates like a slug.
It’s amazing how different this top six forward group might look a year from now. Brazal will be in. Maybe Ho-Sang on a weak RW. Someone gets lost to Vegas, Parenteau might be gone. Who knows what position Strome or Nelson might play.