Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma announced in his press conference on Monday that they’ll be starting camp with the following top-six line combinations for this upcoming season:
Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Pascal Dupuis
James Neal-Evgeni Malkin-[available spot]
It seems, at least for the time-being, that Bylsma and the Penguins coaching staff have decided to keep Neal and Malkin together on the second line which makes a great deal of sense. The pair worked extremely well together last season and reached a point that they both anticipated where the other would be on the ice. It was quite masterful and pretty incredible to watch.
So now the question remains as to who will join them on that line and you can bank on Bylsma already having options in mind; in fact, he may even have a different player in mind for a number of game situations. From the Penguins official webpage:
“There will be some wiggle room with the other player in the top six,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “I can see several players fitting into that line with Malkin and Neal depending on the situation, the game, whether we’re up in a game or not. But that’s really the initial thoughts and that’s what you’ll see when we start Day 1.”
With only a handful of forwards to work with on the Penguins roster, there are only a few possibilities. But according to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi, Bylsma reported that Tyler Kennedy, Tanner Glass and Matt Cooke were to play on the line. Here’s a look at those players as well as a few other potential candidates (view the slideshow above to continue):
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