Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Nashville Predators announced today that Cal O'Reilly was to skate for the first time since his injury on January 2nd. While this doesn't necessarily mean he's going to return to the lineup anytime soon, it is interesting to think about what the Predators might do if he does return.
O'Reilly has 18 points in 38 games played this season before he was sidelined with a broken leg that he suffered on January 2nd against Columbus. He had been one of the Predators most reliable offensive options before he went out.
So if O'Reilly happens to return to the Predators lineup at some point, what do the Predators do? They have called up Blake Geoffrion and Matt Halischuk to fill in spots due to injuries the team has suffered. Halischuk has been the healthy scratch in the last two games, so you'd have to think he would be sent down to Milwaukee. However, that still leaves the question of who would be scratched.
J.P. Dumont seems to have reasserted himself into the lineup and does have an offensive skillset. At the center position, where O'Reilly plays, spots are currently set. Mike Fisher, David Legwand, Jerred Smithson, and Blake Geoffrion are all playing good hockey. Would Trotz be willing to move O'Reilly to a winger position? Would someone else be moved to the wing to accommodate O'Reilly's skillset at the center position? Who would be the scratch? What do you guys think?
Posted by Robby Stanley at 2:35 PM