Early, yes, but if I'm Todd Richards, here's how I set up the forward lines (center-left wing-right wing):
While I think PMB is arguably the best playmaker, I would place Brunette on the first line with Mikko and Havlat. His large ass behind the net would come in handy with Havlat on the wing and Mikko in front. PMB would make Shep a scorer (yes, I said it, Shep a scorer) and Nolan would be the grunt mixing it up in the corners. And I just love the idea of playing Boogaard and Clutterbuck together on a checking line. Any thoughts?