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Will David Desharnais be the top-line center?
Coach Michel Therrien will have plenty of intriguing options to consider during training camp when it comes to how his forward lines will look come October 1.
If last season was any indication, he'll likely have David Desharnais on the top line with Max Pacioretty and possibly Brendan Gallagher. The second unit would consist of Tomas Plekanec, Rene Bourque and Danny Briere. Lars Eller would center the third line, flanked by Alex Galchenyuk and Brian Gionta, while some combination of Ryan White, Gabriel Dumont, Brandon Prust, George Parros and Travis Moen would be the fourth line.
There's also the chance that Therrien could be looking for something new for 2013-14.
It's no secret that Desharnais had a tough 2013 season, while Eller had a breakout campaign. Perhaps Plekanec becomes the top-line center, Eller gets promoted to the second line while Desharnais attempts to work through his issues on the third line.
Then there's Galchenyuk. Having him on the third line to break him into the NHL was smart, but it may be time to take the training wheels off. The 19-year-old, who scored six times in the team's final 12 games last season, is far too talented to use in a checking role. Therrien should be looking at ways to allow Galchenyuk to produce more offensively this season.
How the forward lines shape up will be an interesting storyline to watch during training camp and the team's exhibition games this month. Coach Therrien will certainly have plenty of options at his disposal.