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The DeBoer Scramble: New lines highlight Booth-less Panthers


As would be expected following the loss of two crucial contributors (David Booth's 31 goals last season and Radek Dvorak's two shorties so far in the current year), coach Pete DeBoer has no choice but to rock his listing boat.

Forwards Kenndal McArdle and Michal Repik join the club from Rochester, making the act of following tomorrow night's action an exercise in confusion, at least initially.

From the Official Site, Dave Joseph provides us with what may be ancient history after the first period against Ottawa:

  1. Steve Reinprecht, Cory Stillman, Nathan Horton
  2. Steven Weiss, Michael Frolik, Rostislav Olesz
  3. Dominic Moore, Gregory Campbell, Repik
  4. Kamil Kreps, McArdle, Ville Koistinen

I'm completely intrigued by the last line: Kreps-McArdle-Koistinen certainly represents three different hockey philosophies which should be a blast to watch. Moore centering Campbell and Repik could be a lot of fun as well. Rhino sandwiched between Stiller and Horts could go in any direction - hopefully up - but I'm saving the uber-stokedness reaction for the second trio. Weiss, Frolik, and Rusty hold some potential in my eyes. Neither winger has had a true number-one center for any extended period in their (admittedly short) NHL careers; this may be kewl to watch.

In any case, the Cats are without their number-one LW along with the club's penalty-killing guru. Each and every member of the team is gonna have to dig deep.

See ya here tomorrow at 6:30.