Lining Up: Top Power-Play Roles for Dach, DeBrusk, and Caleb Jones

Peter Ryell


Welcome back to another edition of Lining Up. This week will examine players who have recently been seeing increased roles on their team's top power-play units which is an excellent opportunity for more production, particularly if your league counts power-play points. As always, be sure to keep an eye on recent line combinations for any changes that might behoove you to scoop up someone off the waiver wire in that extra effort to win your week.

Let's dive in.

Kirby Dach

One of Montreal's reclamation projects has found himself lining up on the team's top line with Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield and the deployment has paid off so far. Dach is currently on a 68-point pace for the season and is riding a hot streak with seven points in his past four games. This pace would be a big increase from his previous career pace of 48 points. Much of this jump in production can be attributed to the 30% of his ice time that he is spending alongside the two stars Suzuki and Caufield. However, Dach is also lining up with these players on the power play and over his last three games has subsequently seen a 71.2% of the power-play share which is almost a 30% increase from what he averaged over the first eight games of the season.

This top line and top power-play deployment is excellent exposure and should allow for him to continue his hot streak. Dach's advanced metrics indicate that he has a slightly higher than normal shooting percentage, points per 60 minutes and PDO but the prime minutes should help to compensate for a regression in those areas. At only 21% rostered in Yahoo leagues, look at adding Dach so long as he maintains his spot on the top line.

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk's line situation just became even more impactful with the return of superstar winger Brad Marchand. Much like last season, DeBrusk is seeing around a quarter of his ice time with Marchand and Patrice Bergeron helping him along to his current pace of 10 points in 12 games. DeBrusk has also been shooting a lot more with 3.9 shots per