The games will be ugly for a week or two also. Fans will need to understand that.Yeah I wouldn't put too much stock into the game 1 roster. Don't forget Spezza sat out game 1 last year.
They have a lot of NHL bodies on D, and the cap to deal with. The first lineup won't be the last lineup.
Interesting the disparity between McDavid and Draisaitl. I don't think either is the best player because they don't play a lick of defence. They're the top offensive/powerplay players in the league, sure.
I think Matthews has to win some hardware to be the best player in the league. Stamkos is too high as well. I don't see him as a top 10 forward anymore.
how much do you trust the model?
what changes would you make?