Line 2: Philip Tomasino — Cody Glass — Gustav Nyquist
Tomasino and Glass played together towards the end of last year, and they absolutely should continue as line-mates. They flashed signs of great chemistry alongside one another, and both have the abilities to make them mesh well.
Number one, they are both very fast and have lots of skill when it comes to shooting and distributing the puck. The pace at which both could move the puck both up and down and across the ice could be an absolute headache for opposing teams, as they have showcased in their small sample size together.
Aside from that, they still complement each other quite well, as Tomasino is a pure playmaker, and Glass has shown net-front abilities in his young career. If they can truly leverage those strengths over time, they might end up being unstoppable.
The third spot should go to Nyquist, which would be consistent with the theme of mixing the veterans and youth to get the most of the youth.
Nyquist has also shown speed throughout his career, and who knows if that will sustain as he goes farther into his thirties, but his familiarity with that kind of game makes him a good fit for this line.
The second line is one that I anticipate having a lot of questions surrounding it, as there were so many moving parts in the offseason and it will be tough to decide who should be in what exact spot. The unfortunate thing is that there is just not enough room in the top six to fit all of the rising youth, even if some of them really deserve it.
Tomasino and Glass have played together and are a legitimately good fit for each other, and both play the game that is consistent with Head Coach Andrew Brunette’s preferred style. He should not overthink it.