John Hynes has been running through the possibilities in his head since August.

The Devils’ influx of talent throughout the offseason has given the coach plenty to think about in his lineup, from forward combinations to specials teams units and more.

One of the biggest decisions Hynes will need to make in September and October will be on his top defensive pairing. The addition of P.K. Subban makes one choice easy, but who will play on Subban’s left?

One answer could be to partner Subban with another right-handed shot in Sami Vatanen. Subban and Vatanen both play on the right as their natural side, but the Devils also have Damon Severson, who’s capable of handling top-four minutes on the right side.