Colorado Avalanche: Will Matt Duchene’s Line Outscore Ryan O’Reilly’s?

July 7th, 2012 by Benjamin Klein Leave a reply »
The Colorado Avalanche will need all four offensive lines to be stellar next season in order to make the NHL playoffs. Can the projected second line outscore Colorado’s top line, though?

Assuming that Avs general manager Greg Sherman can sign Jamie McGinn—who will go to arbitration—and Ryan O’Reilly to new deals, here are what Colorado’s top two lines could look like, according to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post.

1st Line: Gabriel Landeskog-Ryan O’Reilly-Steve Downie

2nd Line: Jamie McGinn-Matt Duchene-P.A. Parenteau

Chambers does note that the projected third line of David Jones, Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk could also be the second line, but let’s use the original one for the purpose of this article.

Just by adding up the point totals from last season—noting that Downie and McGinn only played half a season with Colorado and Parenteau played the entire year with the New York Islanders—the first line tallied 16 more points than the second line.

The first line should be even better than it was last season. Landeskog—last season’s Calder Trophy wi ...

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