What? You think Quisp is the only one who can add?
That’s my formula. I have written about it before but not in this way.
You know how Lombardi likes to “balance” out each defensive pairing with a stay at home defenseman and offensive one?
I like to see balance on all four lines of a Power Forward (PF), Playmaker (PM) and Sniper (S).
When Penner is on his game, he is every bit a power forward as you would want. Big, hard to move off the puck and skates like a boulder rolling down hill. We saw that line kick ass in the playoffs last season. We are seeing them do so in the last 8-10 games.
Power forward, playmaker and, as much as I love Justin, he is a poor man’s sniper and probably fits the role of a playmaker just as much, if not more. In the playoffs, Dustin Brown became the 1000 pound gorilla with hands. He hit, he passed, he scored, our captain did it all. This season, he is rediscovering his way.
Let me stop right there.
Where am I going with all of this?
This article is all about Tyler Toffoli.
I want Tyler Toffoli on the top line, to the right of Anze Kopitar. The kid is a goal scorer. Whether or not that translates to the NHL level remains to be seen (I go into this with my mind like a calm, still pool) but, if his game and hockey sense do manifest, then let the kid play to his strengths. He will have a play making center extraordinaire in the middle, a power forward to his left and he will have plenty of opportunities to bury the puck. He is getting his “shot” in the NHL. I want his “shot” to be how he sticks. All he has to do is get open, a talent regarding which he has shown quite the penchant. From everything I read about him, the hockey IQ is quite high.
“And the second line?”
Penner-Carter-Williams = PF+S+PM, which still fits the formula.
“Who said Toffoli is a sniper. He has a lot of assists!”
Perhaps he is but what we do know is the kid can light the lamp. His playmaking ability, while an important piece of his overall game, isn’t what brings balance to the lines. His goal scoring ability does.
“Where does he fit if Richards isn’t hurt and plays?”
Not sure. Haven’t thought that far ahead and I am done thinking for the night.