1st line- Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla.
2nd line- Rick Nash, Pavel Datsyuk, Martin St. Louis.
3rd line- Henrik Zetterberg, Sidney Crosby, Alex Kovalev.
4th line- Mason Raymond, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Cheecho.
Subs- Kovalchuk, B. Richards, Gaborik.
Line one is my perfect line. Ovechkin is my man. He is the scoring guy every line needs. Despite most of you saying Ovechkin is a bad passer or doesn't distribute the puck well, you have to look at his stats. He averages 40+ assists every year. I wouldn't exactly call that bad. Malkin is going to play the playmaker roll on the line. If you checked out the stats last season he led the league in assists so he would make a perfect playmaker. He could also contribute easily when need. Plus I think he and Ovechkin could have great chemistry. Iginla? Well why not. First of all you have to have veteran presence on the line and Iginla fits right in. He can be the sniper or the playmaker. Like I said, he fits right in! Line one, done.
For those following the Team Canada training camp for 2010 you already know that St. Louis and Nash are being paired up. The third man on that line is Sidney Crosby, but I thought that Datsyuk would make a better fit with those two.
Most of you are thinking, Crosby on line 3!? Is this guy nuts? Well the answer to the first one is yes and the answer the the second one is no. Crosby is very talented, but on the other hand so are Datsyuk and Malkin. So there is nothing personal against him I just thought he would work well on this line. Alex Kovalev is a great sniper to have on the line, plus I would be interested in seeing how Kovalev would produce with a centerman like Crosby. And Zetterberg is the icing on the cake for this line.
Why have a guy as young as Mason Raymond on my team? Well he is one of the quickest skating guy in the NHL. I could always use a guy like that on my team. Thornton is a great playmaker as well as a great big hitter to have on the team. Cheecho is the great scorer that every line needs so it makes sense.
Onto the subs.
Kovalchuk is a great sniper any team woul be lucky to have.
Richards is a great dsitributer of the puck as well as a great scorer.
Gaborik is a great socring presence to have on a team.