In the past few seasons, thinking in hockey has changed. Instead of balancing your offensive talent on different lines, teams are now eager to load up their scoring talent on one line. They are looking for three legitimate scoring threats to play together. As this strategy evolved, there was a strong consensus the Boston Bruins had the top line in the NHL, with Patrice Bergeron between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. All three of these players seem better than ever. However, their position at the top of the NHL totem pole is in jeopardy. The Colorado Avalanche have put together a line of Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen flanking Nathan MacKinnon that has been terrorizing the league for the past year and challenging the Boston line as the best in hockey. Each line is centered by a dom...
About the Author
Tom Thompson spent 31 years in the NHL as a scout, Director of Scouting and Assistant General Manager. He was responsible for running 14 Entry Drafts for the Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild and also worked for the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers.