Hudler on all your top lines...
Emmerton is quick and has good skill, so would fit well as a substitute when Franzen/Holmstrom/Bert miss games, or on one of the top three lines if he makes the top-twelve. Conner doesn't have the hands or hockey sense to play an offensive role, but he is a hard worker and a good grinder despite his size; and he's fast. Conner in the lineup for Abdelkader would make for a Mursak/Helm/Conner line, allowing the Wings to utilize Eaves' shot on a scoring line.
Potential lineups with each player:
Both of those are solid lineups, but I think I prefer to run with this regular lineup:
It's certainly easy to plug Emmerton into Abdelkader's spot in that lineup as the third line center, also.
I prefer Emmerton AND Conner in the lineup instead of Hudler...
...but seriously, if we are stuck with Hudler, I'd say unless there is a trade in the works, let them battle it out in camp. I am leaning toward Emmerton because he put his "time" in, but if COnner is as fast as they say, he could compliment Helm and Eaves wonderfully... It's fun to be a Wings fan thus far this year!
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