NHL general managers spend a number of long nights trying to put together the strongest and deepest rosters they can. Once they have their players they then need to place them with the right partners and create their lines.
The best lines cause matchup problems for opposing teams. They can score at will and consistently put pressure on the opposing goaltender.
Every team will need more than one good line to win the Stanley Cup, but if you don’t have a good top line to start with, you will struggle.
Looking ahead to the 2011-2012 NHL season, there has been some interesting player movement that has created some new and intriguing lines. How do these newly created lines match up with the already established top lines?
Here is a look at the top 10 lines going into the season.
Now, these lines are how they are projected today. Coaches will tweak lines within a game or a season to find the right mix, but this is what they should look like when the season kicks off.
What is your top line?