Lining Up: Gauging Likely and Potential Line Combinations

Brennan Des

2018-09-18

 

As the NHL offseason comes to an end, fantasy hockey drafts begin. As we all know, hockey is a team sport. So, it’s extremely important to consider a player’s line mates when assessing their value. Over the course of this season, I’ll be doing deep dives into line combinations that are relevant in fantasy hockey leagues, this week I’ll start with a quick little overview. Since most NHL teams haven’t quite set their lineups yet, I thought I’d suggest realistic trios that could make up each team’s most valuable line combo. Here’s half of them…

 

If it Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix it

 

Rickard RakellRyan GetzlafCorey Perry

In my opinion, Rickard Rakell is going to be Anaheim’s most interesting forward during the upcoming season. Rakell has shown consistent improvement throughout his career and is coming off of an impressive 69-point campaign in 2017-2018. His success is closely linked to Ryan Getzlaf, who put up 61 points in 56 games last season. If Getzlaf can avoid injury this season, can he replicate his magic from last year?

 

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronDavid Pastrnak

One of the most dominant lines in the NHL last season, the trio played 500+ minutes together during the 2017-2018 campaign and managed an outrageous 58.86 Corsi For %. Each of the three members put together reach the 30-goal mark last year, expect more of the same from them in 2018-2019.

 

Nino NiederreiterMikko KoivuMikael Granlund

I chose this line over the Zach PariseEric StaalJason Zucker trio because I believe this one has more upside. I expect Staal to take a step back after an insane 76-point (42 goal) season, and Parise’s injury history scares. So, if you’re looking for a good line in Minnesota, this one might be your best bet.

 

Filip ForsbergRyan Johansen