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Top Line WORLD HOCKEY 2018
by
Randy Steinman

 

     Several years ago I stumbled upon a website featuring a fantasy contest called either "Top Line" or "First Line" hockey. The exact name of the contest and the name of the website escape me. Internet searches to find it have proved futile.

     The goal of the simply-structured fantasy contest was to assemble a six-player roster consisting of the top three forwards, two defensemen and goalie.

     Forwards and defensemen garnered points based on their scoring points while goalies were awarded points for wins and shutouts.

     With hockey being contested in the Olympics early in 2018, I thought it timely to put together what I will call "Top Line" World Hockey, based on 2016-17 NHL stats.

     To be eligible a country must have had at least three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie who played in the NHL in 2016-17.

     Forwards and defensemen are assigned their scoring points from 2016-17 as their points. Goalies get two points for each win and and one point for each shutout. The top six performers form the lineup for each country.

     Countries are ranked in order of points in this "Top Line" World Hockey "contest":

1. Canada (496)
2. Sweden (422)
3. United States (397)
4. Russia (395)
5. Finland (342)
6. Slovakia (266)
7. Czech Republic (260)
8. Germany (211)

ROSTERS:

CANADA
Forward: Connor McDavid (EDM) 100/ Sidney Crosby (PIT) 89/ Brad Marchand (BOS) 85
Defense: Brent Burns (SJ) 76/ Duncan Keith (CHI) 53
Goal: Braden Holtby (WAS) 42W/9SO= 93

SWEDEN
Forward: Nicklas Backstrom (WAS) 86/ Henrik Zetterberg (DET) 68/ Viktor Arvidsson (NSH) 61
Defense: Victor Hedman (TB) 72/ Erik Karlsson (OTT) 71
Goal: Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) 31W/2SO= 64

UNITED STATES
Forward: Patrick Kane (CHI) 89/ Blake Wheeler (WPG) 74/ Phil Kessel (PIT) 70
Defense: Kevin Shattenkirk (STL/WAS) 56/ Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) 52
Goal: (tie): Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) 26W/4SO=56 and John Gibson (ANA) 25W/6SO= 56

RUSSIA
Forward: Nikita Kucherov (TB) 85/ Vladimir Tarasenko (STL) 75/ Artemi Panarin (CHI) 74
Defense: Andrei Markov (MTL) 36/ Nikita Zaitsev (TOR) 36
Goal: Sergei Bobrovsky (CBS) 41W/7SO= 89

FINLAND
Forward: Mikael Granlund (MIN) 69/ Patrik Laine (WPG) 64/ Mikko Koivu (MIN) 58
Defense: Rasmus Ristolainen (BUF) 45/ Sami Vatanen (ANA) 24/
Goal: Tuukka Rask (BOS) 37W/8SO= 82

SLOVAKIA
Forward: Tomas Tatar (DET) 46/ Marian Hossa (CHI) 45/ Richard Panik (CHI) 44
Defense: Andrej Sekera (EDM) 35/ Zdeno Chara (BOS) 29
Goal: Peter Budaj (LA/TB) 30W/7SO= 67

CZECH REPUBLIC
Forward: David Pastrnak (BOS) 70/ Jakub Voracek (PHI) 61/ Radim Vrbata (ARI) 55
Defense: Radko Gudas (PHI) 23/ Andrej Sustr (TB) 14
Goal: Petr Mrazek (DET) 18W/1SO= 37

GERMANY
Forward: Leon Draisaitl (EDM) 77/ Tobias Rieder (ARI) 34/ Tom Kuhnackl (PIT) 16
Defense: Dennis Seidenberg (NYI) 14/ Korbinian Holzer (ANA ) 7
Goal: Thomas Greiss (NYI)26W/3SO= 55

 

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