- Dahlin – Samuelsson
- Power – Clifton
- Johnson – Jokiharju
This projection remains unchanged from Lineup Prediction 5.0, with one huge exception. Before, I had Ilya Lyubushkin pegged in as the extra, but that spot will now go to Riley Stillman given the former’s trade to the Anaheim Ducks.
Against more physical hockey teams, Stillman could make a great one-two punch with Erik Johnson. And if Johnson needs a breather, Stillman complements Henri Jokiharju well.
While I’ve made a case for Mattias Samuelsson pairing with Owen Power, this projection is all about logic. This puts Samuelsson on the same pairing as Rasmus Dahlin, while Power forges a reciprocal tandem with newcomer Connor Clifton.
So where does Jacob Bryson fit into all of this? Not with the Buffalo Sabres, or at least not immediately. Therefore, Bryson’s either getting traded or placed on waivers. If no one claims him, he will end up in Rochester, and you will only see him if they need a call-up. That’s if Kale Clague doesn’t outplay him first.