The third line might be the most interesting situation on the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The usual center, Jordan Staal, is going to be bumped to the second line. Staal was the man usually matched up against the opposing top line, and that shouldn't change, but it also leaves the third line as somewhat of a question mark.
Do you still use the third line as a defensive line? Do you throw conventional hockey out the window and just roll the third out with the best players remaining? Or, do you just make the third and fourth line an ever-rotating mixture of the last six forwards on the roster?
I would love to see Dustin Jeffrey and Mark Letestu get the chance to play together. Letestu found his way on the Pens roster last year but, after a quick start, was unable to find his scoring touch. In my opinion, Jeffrey actually shows more potential than Letestu, so why not see what both guys can do?
The third spot, I believe, will almost be a flex position. Newly acquired Steve Sullivan could fit in nicely but is he really third line material? Sullivan will most likely see some time on the top two lines, so the always reliable Pascal Dupuis will also play the wing.
Dupuis is an interesting case. His scoring ability is almost maddening because he's almost always in the right place and still can't find the back of the cage. However, Dupuis constantly hustles, kills penalties and is good for over 15-20 goals every year.
Bylsma's "come to Jesus" moment may come when he realizes what he has in Dustin Jeffrey. Once Crosby returns, Jeffrey may make it possible for Staal to join the second line permanently and become the third line center for good.
Prediction: Dustin Jeffrey - Mark Letestu - Steve Sullivan/Pascal Dupuis