The Chicago Blackhawks Have Four Top Line Centermen Options

By Jimmy Lynch
Jonathan Toews #19, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Jonathan Toews #19, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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Tyler Johnson #9, Chicago Blackhawks
Tyler Johnson #9, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Tyler Johnson:

Tyler Johnson is the new addition to the Blackhawks from this offseason. While I personally believe it would be a mistake to play him on the top line with guys like Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat, that has been what the line has been at training camp thus far.

Johnson still has a lot of great hockey ahead of him. The two-time Stanley Cup Champion played a smaller role on a good team in Tampa Bay, now in Chicago, he can be one of the top guys again.

The only real reason I do not want to see Johnson on the top line is that I believe a line of Kane/Johnson/DeBrincat would just be a bit too undersized in the NHL. While the height of the player might not matter that much, it is a factor in today’s NHL. Sometimes the bigger players can be more physical and can be a more effective threat to play against.

At the same time, if the team does put Johnson on line one, that could provide some fun and entertaining hockey to begin the season!