Lining Up: Promising Deployment for Compher, Mercer, Steel, and More

Peter Ryell


Welcome to another edition of Lining Up. This week will examine more promising deployment situations, whether it be lining up with top-tier stud at even strength or joining a lethal power-play unit. Don't forget to check out the NHL Line Change Tracker over at Frozen Tools to see who is seeing the greatest change in role and opportunity. You can also check out NHL Game Day Lines over on Twitter for posts from NHL beat writers on the most recent line combinations. As always, players are moved up and down the lineup game to game and even within games so keep an eye on the changes so that you can maximize your roster moves for each week.

Let's dive in.

J.T Compher

With Evan Rodrigues set to miss a few weeks with an injury, J.T Compher is the lucky player to fill in on the top power-play unit. The role has already shown up on the score sheet for Compher as he notched two power-play assists last Wednesday against Vancouver. In the two games since he has taken over, he has seen 68.1 and 74.5 %PP which is a significant increase from the 16.1 %PP he was averaging for the season prior to those two games. Additionally, Compher has a low shooting percentage at only 5.0% where the lowest percentage in his career was 9.9% back in the 2017-18 season.

Not that there needs to be any additional reason to acquire a piece of the top Colorado power-play unit, but the team plays seven times between the remainder of this week and next week. Compher is also rostered in a putrid 2% of Yahoo leagues, so there should be no excuses for not picking him up if your league counts points and power-play points.

Calle Jarnkrok

The offseason acquisition has, throughout his career, primarily been utilized as a depth option for teams. Recently however, Jarnkok has been lining up alongside John Tavares and the red-hot Mitch Marner and subsequently has delivered three points in all three games with this change of scenery. Toronto runs this and the Auston Matthews line fairly evenly as 1A and 1B lines, so this elevation essentially has Jarnkok seeing first li