What do you think the line combos should be if the roster stays the same?
A few days ago I posted a rudimentary depth chart based on the current Dallas Stars roster, as well as a look at the cap and budget situation. It didn't include Jere Lehtinen on the roster (he hadn't re-signed just yet) and that threw a significant bump in the equation. Without Lehtinen, the Stars had just one true right wing on the roster (Krys Barch), and I attempted to guess who might play where if they entered the season in the same situation.
Only one problem: I had Loui Eriksson and Steve Ott completely switched up.
Astute reader and commenter Hull Fan pointed out my error, and with some assistance via email, after the jump is a more logical approach to the Stars' line combinations. Including Jere Lehtinen.
|Brenden Morrow||Mike Ribeiro||Jere Lehtinen
||Brad Richards||Loui Eriksson
|James Neal||Mike Modano||
|Trevor Daley||Stephane Robidas|
|Ivan Vishnevskiy||Matt Niskanen|
Last season, Eriksson primarily played on the right side with Richards. When Brenden Morrow was lost to injury Steve Ott moved up to the top line to play on the left wing with Ribeiro and Lehtinen. Fabian Brunnstrom started the season on the left wing but eventually moved to the right side when late season injuries really started to affect the lineup. Brunnstrom's final month of the season was his best of the year.
So now I ask you: What do you think the line combinations should be? Should James Neal be a top six forward next season? What about the defensive pairings? Would it be best to have Vishnevskiy with Niskanen, or a more experience vet like Robidas.
Leave your thoughts in the comments below.