Jonathan Huberdeau Igniting the Panthers’ Second Line, and Other Hot Lines

Brennan Des

2018-02-06

 

This week we stop in the warm state of Florida and the cold province of Manitoba, where a couple of line have been hot.

 

Jonathan HuberdeauVincent TrocheckDenis Malgin

 

Team ES Point Production: 14 | Line ES Point Production: 7 (50% of team) | Corsi For%: 56.19

 

While the Aleksander Barkov – Jonathan Huberdeau – Evgenii Dadonov line has been Florida’s best this season, they were recently split up in an attempt to generate secondary scoring. The ‘Huberdeau half’ has been particularly successful, generating six goals while allowing only one. Let’s take a look at how the individual pieces have contributed to a successful whole…

 

Vincent Trocheck was drafted in just 22% of Yahoo! Leagues this season, with an average pick of 169. Considering he sits 33rd in league scoring now, and his ownership has risen to 82%, it’s safe to say he has surpassed preseason expectations. In case ownership and draft rankings don’t mean much to you, I’ll remind you that he has 47 points in 50 games. You know who else has 47 points on the season? Vladimir Tarasenko and Tyler Seguin, and they needed more games to reach that total. His power play ice-time has jumped from 2:44 last season to 3:31 this season. His overall ice-time is up a whole minute. His shooting percentage is sustainable. He Tro-checks all the boxes! I think it’s safe to say he gets drafted in more than 22% of leagues next year.

 

While a leg injury might have kept Jonathan Huberdeau out of sight and out of mind last season, he’s reminding us just how talented he is with this season’s performance. He’s on pace for 83 points, which would be a career-high. He’s on pace for 201 shots, which would be a career-high. He’s averaging 3:28 on the power play – a career high. Those 19 minutes and 49 seconds of ice-time? That’s a career-high too. In many ways, the 24-year-old Huberdeau has become who the Panthers thought he would be when they drafted him third overall in 2011.

 

We were one letter away from a Huberdeau – Trocheck – Malkin line. Can you imagine? No disrespect to 21-year-old Malgin of course, as he continues to develop alongside a talented core in Florida. His ice-time is still limited this season, but with four points in h