With NHL training camps well underway and rosters beginning to take shape, potential lines are also crystallizing.
While many lines don’t last a single period, let alone long stretches of games, what follows are the likeliest combinations for the upcoming season when everyone is healthy.
Factoring in the injuries to Frazer McLaren and Colton Orr, expect newcomer Mason Raymond to get some minutes on either the third or fourth lines as the regular season gets underway, and the other two round into form. The lightning-quick Raymond may, in fact, become a bottom-six regular even when all the forwards are healthy.
With the number of new additions, and the promising play of some of the Leafs’ emerging stars, expect Randy Carlyle to continue to tinker with his lineup and to give quality minutes to those players who are playing at their best. In other words, these lines are certainly not written in stone.
Joe Colborne and Jay McClemment are both centres, but it seems likeliest that McClemment will play on the third line as a winger, while Colborne will start on the fourth line.
If these lines play to their potential, and the defence group continues to mature and improve as a whole, Leaf Nation has a lot to look forward to in 2013-14.
All regular stats are from nhl.com.
Advanced stats can be found at Behind the Net.