This is part nine of our 20 in 20 series where we look at twenty different line combinations in twenty days. While it hasn’t quite been twenty days since we started this series, we will surpass the twentieth combination in this post.
Don’t worry though, our series is not quite over. We will have one final wrap up which will feature the combinations from the Jetsnation team.
This post will once again feature fan submissions. The submissions received were divided into two broad categories.
Those with Laine as the top line RW were featured in the last article and those with Wheeler as the top line RW will be featured in this one.
One of the interesting things about the submissions is that majority of people who had Wheeler on the RW included Connor as the LW. Those that had Laine on the RW had a wide variety of people as the LW and there was no correlation with any one person.
SCENARIO NINETEEN: Laine For Rocket Richard
Laine sheif wheels
Vesal roslo Ehlers
Connor little Perrault
Lemieux Lowry Copp
— Craig Wood (@IareCraig) August 24, 2018
Fun Factor: 10/10
The idea of Laine on the top line with Scheifele and Wheeler is very intriguing. Out of Laine’s 44 goals last season, only 24 came at even strength. Laine’s style of play is built for a power play, but his 5 on 5 totals have room for improvement. The easiest way to improve these totals is to put him with the best two players on the roster.
The second line might need some easy minutes and a little bit of sheltering, but the combination of speed and skill would be fun to watch.
The third and fourth lines would be solid and could be deployed in any opportunity. This lineup offers a diverse skillset with each line bringing a unique style to the game.
SCENARIO TWENTY: 2017 With A Twist
81 – 55 – 26
27 – 28 – 29
85 – 17 – 18
13 – 9 – 56
— Andrew Simpson (@ASimpsonWPG) August 24, 2018
Fun Factor: 6/10
This lineup combination is very similar to how the Jets ended their last season. The top lines remains the same. Roslovic gets promoted to the second line, Lowry gets promoted to the third line and Dano draws into the lineup.
This offers a strong lineup throughout and each line would offer a different skillset. The second line would be fast and offensive minded while the third line would crush opposition with possession and forechecking.
The fourth line would probably struggle and it might be difficult to shelter both the second and fourth lines at the same time.
SCENARIO TWENTY ONE: Possession Monster
Fun Factor: 9/10
This combination should do extremely well based upon previous results. Out of all the lines the Jets had last season with over 100 minutes together, Perreault, Little, Ehlers ranked 1st in CF% at 62.38. Second on the team was Tanev, Lowry, Copp who finished with a CF% of 60.56.
Not only did these lines out-shoot their opponents, but both of these lines also dominated in xGF%. Little’s line finished with an xGF% of 63.39 and Lowry’s with an xGF% of 62.28. This means the lines dominated not only shots attempts but dangerous opportunities as well.
As for the other lines, we know that Connor, Scheifele, Wheeler can play well together. The only unknown is the third line. Given the skill that Petan, Roslovic, Laine all have, it shouldn’t be a problem to have them play together.
SCENARIO TWENTY TWO: Young And The Restless
Fun Factor: 5/10
This is a very interesting lineup combination. It includes three full-time Moose players from last year all making it onto the roster. That being said, the only line that would likely struggle is the third line.
Little would be a good option to play with a rookie because of his valuable knowledge and experience. Putting him with two younger players might be asking too much as he would probably find it difficult to keep up with Petan and Appleton on the rush.
The fourth line with Lemieux could be very productive. They would be a heavy, aggressive checking line that would spell disaster for opposing team’s breakouts. They would thrive off physical forechecking and strong neutral zone play.
Let me know your thoughts! How would you rank these submissions?
(All numbers courtesy of Corsica)