Let's gaze into the crystal ball and take a look at next year's Kitchener Rangers lineup.
Note, this is just a fun look at two potential rosters and is based on the possibility of acquiring players currently in the Rangers' system. It by no means signifies that this may happen, so take it for what it's worth.
If all goes right and the Rangers get all their players back from NHL/AHL camps, gets a few of their picks from the NCAA and others don't go the college or the USHL route, the best case scenario would see a team that may look like:
Ben Thomson-Radek Faksa-Tobias Rieder
Zachary Aston-Reese-Matt Peca-Matia Marcantuoni
Zach Lorentz-Andrew Crescenzi-Eric Ming
Justin Bailey-Josh Sterk-Brent Pedersen
Extras: Brandon Francisco, Curtis Meighan, Brandon Lesway, Keli Grant, Brett Clampitt, Matt Schmalz, Darby Llewellyn, Nick Magyar
Jacob Trouba-Ryan Murphy
Ben Fanelli-Max Iafrate
Evan McEneny-Cory Genovese
Extras: Jesse Young, Jared Gilbert, Stephen Midensky, Mitch Eden
John Gibson, Franky Palazzese
And, to be fair, here is a look at a potential roster, as it stands now, if those commitments, free agents and pro players etc... don't end up back in Kitchener.
Neither option includes 2-3 overagers that the club can drop in. That is a nice luxury to have.
If option No. 1 were to come true (it won't) the team would have tons of assets to trade.
The reality? Look for a roster that blends some players between the two presented.
The good news is that under either best/worst case, the defence looks relatively deep and solid. Also, with OAs figured in, the club will have some extra bodies to trade. And many of them deserve, and want, playing time.
An exciting off-season lies ahead.