Ok, first off, I think Hossa is a wash. I don't like him.
He's a big guy and yes, he's good along the boards, but he's not as good as his brother, period. He's only hit 18 points in the NHL and 40 in the AHL.
Dawes only played 8 games and got a goal in the big league, but absolutely dominated the AHL.
Dawes is just going to get better. For the love of everything that's holy, put him on the first line.
A first line on any hockey team must combine for at least 90 goals in order to be successful.. so here is how I look at it and the projection of points from every line that I think we should have to start the season.
Dawes - Gomez - Jagr
30g/30a - 25g/70a - 40g/60a
These numbers are by no means, 100% accurate based on if all goals/assists are from these players feeding off each other, but think about it.
The first line is supposed to be your ultimate sniper line. You crash the net, you have so much talent that the other team has to put up their best defensive effort against you.
From training camp, it looks like Jagr and Gomez have great chemistry.. Gomez is better than Nylander ever was.. add in a sniper like Dawes and you're set.
Avery - Drury - Shanahan
25/35 - 30/40 - 35/50
Avery had 48 points last season, but he played 55 games for the Kings.. and they're horrible. I don't know what line he was on, but I don't care.. Shanny is his mentor now, so imagine how much he is learning and will benefit from playing with him.. just imagine!!!!
Prucha - Straka - Callahan
25/30 - 30/40 - 20/30
Every one of these players is fast and immensely skilled offensively. The only thing lacking physically is Prucha.. he needs to gain maybe 15-20 lbs and he'll be able to maintain his aggressiveness without appearing so soft.. he's just too small for it now..
Callahan has a very tricky shot. When he skates to that right circle for his wrister, the result is a wide rebound 70% of the time.. now imagine Straka or Prucha playing cleanup on that.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have the best three lines in hockey.
Hollweg - Betts - Orr
I have no idea how many points they will combine for, but I don't think it matters. This is a tough line. They will mess your face up and provide energy. Hollweg and Betts are great on the PK and Orr will protect our offensive weapons.. The reason I am confident with these lines is because last year, we only had one solid line of Straka - Nylander - Jagr.
Shanny never had a good center.. Cullen was good on the PK and he's fast and all, but he simply could not produce... so picture this my fellow Rangers fans...
We have Gomez and Drury.. and Straka...
Three obscenely talented players are centers.. Dawes and Jagr?! Avery and Shanahan!? Prucha and Callahan!?!
HOLY DEPTH BATMAN!