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It's impossible to be a breakout star when you already are one, but Jarome Iginla has answered some important questions for himself and the Boston Bruins through the preseason so far.
The departure of Nathan Horton left a hole on Boston's depth chart on the right side, and they (finally) signed Iginla to fill that hole. Whether or not he'd actually click with David Krejci and Milan Lucic would be another matter entirely.
Through phases, the Lucic-Krejci-Horton line was one of the most unstoppable trios in the NHL. Play down the importance of chemistry if you want, but it was important to the B's to find a replacement. It appears they have done just that.
From Amanda Bruno of MassLive.com:
Iginla's transition with his new linemates Milan Lucic and David Krejci has been seamless as if he's played with them for years. If one had to guess just by watching the three of them play together if one of them was a newcomer, they'd think you're joking... It's easy to get a little carried away with how well Iginla is adjusting to a new system, coaching staff and teammates, and why not especially if he's already cashing in?
Like everyone else on this list, it's important to take preseason success with a grain of salt.
Unlike everyone else on this list, Iginla has more than 1,100 points and over 500 goals to his credit over his career, so we feel it's safe to pencil this line in as officially dangerous heading into the season opener.