Training camp starts this week across the NHL and that means we finally start to get some actionable information. To this point, the only information we have besides projections – which are educated guesses themselves – are estimations of lineups and playing time. Things change throughout the preseason but even with split squads, we start to be privy to key lineup information.
I thought it'd be worth taking some time to point out important positional battles that we need to keep an eye on. Back in July, I talked about some tenuous power play situations for defencemen, like in Montreal and St. Louis, with blue liners that could eventually take over the top PP role. We are going to look at a lot of forward situations, both at even strength and on the power play, that have significant fantasy implications. Many of these battles have been discussed in passing all through the offseason, though now we're going to put them all in one spot.
Before we get to that, a reminder that projected line combinations are included for every team in the 2022 Dobber Hockey Fantasy Guide! And these line combos, and their implications, will be updated all through the preseason. Pick up your copy, get a skate up on your league mates, and help support what we do all season long!
Alright, let's chew the lineup fat with many lineup battles to pay close attention to. As usual, data from Natural Stat Trick or our own Frozen Tools, unless otherwise indicated.
Buffalo Top Line Right Wing
The assumption here is that Buffalo will start the season with duos they finished last season with: Tage Thompson with Jeff Skinner and one of Casey Mitteldstadt/Dylan Cozens wi