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Top Line WORLD HOCKEY
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.

     Here is the version of "Top Line" World Hockey, based on 2017-18 NHL season stats.

     To be eligible a country must have had at least three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie who played in the NHL in 2017-18.

     Forwards and defensemen are assigned their scoring points from 2017-18 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 (509)
2. United States (494)
3. Russia (462)
4. Sweden (402)
5. Finland (401)
6. Czech Republic (279)
7. Switzerland (205)
8. Slovakia (163)
9. Germany (141)

ROSTERS:

CANADA
Forward: Connor McDavid (EDM) 108/ Claude Giroux (PHI) 102/ Nathan MacKinnon (COL) 97
Defense: Brent Burns (SJ) 67/ Drew Doughty (LA) 60
Goal: Devan Dubnyk (MIN) 35W,5SO 75 pts.

UNITED STATES
Forward: Phil Kessel (PIT) 92/ Blake Wheeler (WPG) 91/ Johnny Gaudreau (CGY) 84
Defense: John Carlson (WAS) 68/ Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) 65
Goal: Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) 44W,6SO 94 pts.

RUSSIA
Forward: Nikita Kucherov (TB) 100/ Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 98/ Alex Ovechkin (WAS) 87
Defense: Ivan Provorov (PHI) 41/ Mikhail Sergachew (TB) 40
Goal: Andrei Vasilevsky (TB) 44W,8SO 96 pts.

SWEDEN
Forward: William Karlsson (LV) 78/ Nicklas Backstrom (WAS) 71/ Rickard Rakell (ANA) 69
Defense: John Klingberg (DAL) 67/ Victor Hedman (TB) 63
Goal: Henrik Lundquist (NYR) 26W,2S0 54 pts.

FINLAND
Forward: Mikko Rantanen (COL) 84/ Aleksander Barkov (FLA) 78/ Patrik Laine (WPG) 70
Defense: Rasmus Ristolainen (BUF) 41/ Sami Vatanen (NJ) 32
Goal: Pekka Rinne (NAS) 44W,8S0 96 pts.

CZECH REPUBLIC
Forward: Jacub Voracek (PHI) 85/ David Pastrnak (BOS) 80/ Tomas Hertl (SJ) 46
Defense: Jan Rutta (CHI) 20/ Radko Gudas (PHI) 16
Goal: Petr Mrazek (PHI) 14W,4SO 32 pts.

SWITZERLAND
Forward: Nico Hischier (NJ) 52/ Kevin Fiala (NSH) 48/ Timo Meier (SJ) 36
Defense: Roman Josi (NSH) 53/ Lucas Sbisa (VEG) 14
Goal: Reto Berra (ANA) 1W,0SO 2 pts.

SLOVAKIA
Forward: Richard Panik (ARI) 35/ Tomas Tatar (DET/VEG) 34/ Marion Gaborik (OTT) 21
Defense: Zdeno Chara (BOS) 24/ Andrei Sekera (EDM) 8
Goal: Jaroslav Halak (NYI) 20W,1SO 41 pts.

GERMANY
Forward: Leon Draisaitl (EDM) 70 /Tobias Rieder (ARI/LA) 25/ Tom Kuhnackl (PIT) 8
Defense: Dennis Seidenberg (NYI) 5/ Korbinian Holzer (ANA) 0
Goal: Philipp Grubauer (WAS) 15W,3SO 33 pts.

 

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