Nashville Predators: Training Camp Position Battles to Watch

Nashville Predators center Matt Duchene (95) Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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Philip Tomasino
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The Tomasino Effect

It is no secret that Philip Tomasino wants to be on the Predators roster and quickly. There is a pretty good chance that he will get his wish this season.

With a great showing at the Predators’ development camp and the rookie showcase tournament, Tomasino is making a very strong case for himself and is putting himself in a position to make his way onto the NHL roster.

The question is, where do you put Tomasino in a lineup that already has a logjam of forwards, and at what position?

One viable option is to place him on the third line with Cody Glass at Center and Tanner Jeannot at Left Wing. A line of this nature would make for a very young line but would also allow all three to grow together and build chemistry.

You could also make a case to have Tomasino playing Center with Rocco Grimaldi on the Right Wing and Jeannot on the Left Wing. Once again, a young line with lots of potential and room to grow but also one that leaves another good player with some upside in Glass out of the mix.

Hynes has the unenviable task of creating a roster from a list of very talented forwards. Tomasino belongs on the Nashville roster. It is just a matter of where, when, and at which player’s expense.