Originally written on Smashville 24/7  |  Last updated 11/14/14

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Paul Gaustad #28 of the Buffalo Sabres looks on before the game against the Edmonton Oilers at HSBC Arena on November 11, 2009 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
The deadline acquisitions of Paul Gaustad and Andrei Kostitsyn will certainly make the Predators a stronger team once they get acclimated to the system. As a result to their added presence, however, head coach Barry Trotz will have the tough job of having to decide which 12 forwards will play – or rather, which ones to sit.“It’s going to be a real healthy thing where they are pushing each other and guys are going to be focused because they don’t want to lose their spots,” Trotz explained after today’s practice, “or a couple guys will fall off and they won’t be able to handle it very well. It will be interesting to see.”Assuming 10 of the 12 forward positions are locked up with a healthy squad, there will be a quartet of young forwards battling each other for ice-time: Gabriel Bourque, Matt Halischuk, Craig Smith and Brandon Yip. All four admitted that the healthy competition will be a good thing.“Whoever is out is definitely going to be ready for when they get their chances, and ...
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