Good day to you all. Aaron here with this week's ‘Lining Up’. I am going to have a look at the Taylor Hall trade and see where he may line up. I will also look at the hottest lines of the also week. I have compiled a list of the top lines for each team over the last three games at even strength.
Yesterday the Arizona Coyotes showed their fan base that they are all in this year by acquiring the top rental player in the trade market Taylor Hall. There is lots of speculation as to where Hall will line up in his first game. I imagine over the next couple weeks he will be mixed with different line mates until he finds some good chemistry. The obvious choice is to put Hall with youngsters Clayton Keller and Christian Dvorak and this is where he may start however, I happen to believe that he is more likely to find chemistry with a different pair. I think he lines up with Phil Kessel and Nick Schmaltz. Putting Kessel and Hall together will take some heat off the younger lines and ultimately give them more space to perform. Adding Schmaltz to this line gives them some speed up front and a skater with great playmaking ability. If this line clicks and they can all get going they will certainly be fun to watch. It may be too late now to grab any of the top six but take a swing at Hall or at least try and buy low on Kessel. Whatever line Taylor Hall ends up on I expect both his line mates to get a boost in point production. Make sure to check Dobber's Last Game Lines Tool to see how Hall is being deployed.
As I mentioned above, there were a few lines that performed quite well last week. Below you will find the list of those lines. I will be talking about a couple of the hot lines over that time, one of which had a player score his 1000th point.