The return of Mats Sundin poses a problem that Paul Maurice wishes he had more often. Where does Mats fit in?One might assume he’ll return back to centering Poni and Antropov. But then again, that line has had such great chmistry that it is hard to split them up. And they would make quite a powerful 2nd line.
One could also argue he could center O’neill and Tucker. However that would bump out Stajan, who has had a terrific season. Stajan and O’neill have had great chemistry thus far, and it would be a bad idea to split them up.
You have to consider that Sundin will not play 25 minutes in his first game back. So, It might not be bad idea to play him with players that won’t get a loins share of ice time against Boston. It also, may not be a bad idea to give Steen a chance to regain his scoing touch along Sundin’s wing. Chad ilger has played great 5 on 5, on the 4th line, thus far. He deserves more ice time, and playing with Mats would be a great oppritunity. The lines would then look like this.
Poni Wellwood Antropov
O’neill Stajan Tucker
Steen Sundin Kilger
Belak Peca Battaglia
Wellwood Sundin Tucker
Poni Stajan O’neill
The top 3 lines can share the ice time equally in the first few games.