The Best Line in Hockey

Who’s got the best line in hockey? The ‘New’ NHL has spread the talent around, free agent changes and player trades, some teams have upgraded their top lines, here’s a look at some of the top lines in hockey.

San Jose Sharks Bell – Thornton – Cheechoo.

Bell 25-23-48 (82 GP)

Thornton 29-96 125 (82 GP)

Cheechoo 56-37-93 (82 GP)

The reigning Art Ross and Hart winner, the Maurice Richard winner, durability in all 3 players played all 82 games, an average size of 6’3′, 215 pounds, this line has it all – Speed, Finish in front of the net and can dig pucks off the boards. Although Thornton is big, he doesn’t play big and prefers to pass from the outside, the addition of Bell will provide the sand paper this line lacked last year. To think this line will get better is scary, doesn’t look like anything will slow these guys down. Thornton and Cheechoo could repeat their career years, and Bell could be an all-star. These guys are good, scary, scary good.

Calgary Flames Tanguay – Langkow – Iginla

Iginla 35-32-67 (82 GP)

Tanguay 29-49 78 (78 GP)

Langkow 25-34 58 (82 GP)

With the best Power-Forward in the game, any line that Iginla is on will be good. But the addition of Tanguay could see Iggy win his third Maurice Richard trophy and return him to his 50-goal form. Tanguay should provide the chemistry that Langkow and Iggy lacked last year – he should get pucks to Iginla in better position off the rush and create that little bit of separation Iggy needs to wrist pucks in on the fly – the bread and butter of his offensive game he lacked last year and give Calgary a few easy goals, something they never seemed able to score last season. Although it remains to be seen if Tanguay is all he is cracked up to be without Sakic, Iggy and Tanguay should produce.

Florida Panthers Bertuzzi – Jokinen – Roberts

Bertuzzi 25-46-71 (82 GP)

Jokinen 38-51-89 (82 GP)

Roberts 14-26-40 (58 GP)

Lots of question marks around this line, Can Roberts stay healthy and can Bertuzzi return to his dominant form? How will Bertuzzi play without Naslund? But if these guys get it together, they will be one of the most dominant lines in hockey – if not the most dominant. Two supreme power forward talents, lots of grit and leadership from Roberts and Jokinen, few teams will be able to match up defensively against these guys if they get it going. Size, Awesome along the boards, lots of big goal history in Roberts, it has all the intangibles to be great. I predict they’ll carry Florida to the playoffs, and be the story of the post season. These guys could do some serious damage if they click.

Philadelphia Flyers Gagne – Forsberg – Knuble.

Gagne 47-32-79 (60 GP)

Forsberg 19-56-75 (60 GP)

Knuble 34-31-65 (82 GP)

Forsberg is just a machine when he plays…when he plays. If he gets healthy as reports indicate, these guys will be great again. Gagne is just such an awesome player, speed, size, and one of the smartest players in the game. Knuble is the interchangeable part with possibly rookie Downie being ready to go this season, and if he is, he’ll add a dimension to the line that will make Flyers fans remember the good old times, and rive the eastern conference mad.

Edmonton Oilers Smyth – Horcoff – Hemsky

Smyth 36-30-66 (75 GP)

Horcoff 22-51-73 (79 GP)

Hemsky 19-28-77 (81 GP)

What a treat Horcoff was to watch in the playoffs, he’s really become a star in the league after his playoff performance, and is such a great passer. This line will never be outworked or out hearted by any line any team can put together. Captain Canada, Ryan Smyth is the embodiment of every coach’s dream. They share the puck well and if Hemsky would stop trying to be the star of the show, he could get himself, and his team to a completely new level. Although I don’t think Hemsky is in the top tier offensive talent in the NHL, these guys score goals so many different ways and can play any type of hockey you put them up against. Smyth with every game is working his way closer into the Hall of Fame.

Ottawa Senators Alfredsson – Spezza – Heatley

Alfredsson 43-60-103 (77 GP)

Spezza 19-71-90 (68 GP)

Heatley 50-53-103 (82 GP)

All three are such great shooters, Heatley may have the best one-timer in the game, Alfie the best wrister (Sakic says no), and Spezza is deadly at picking corners and his goal total should go up this season. Maybe the most offensively talented line in the league, and such great chemistry with Heatley as the finisher, Spezza as the passer and Alfie as the veteran leader that fills in for whatever the line needs whether its in front of the net, passing, or creating open ice . Heatley is great at finishing off loose pucks in front of the net and Spezza will compete with Thornton for most assists for the season. Although they have size and are solid on their skates, Heatley and Spezza aren’t great at getting separation with the puck on the boards. They tend to get selfish with the puck when they aren’t producing, nevertheless, the stats don’t lie – If Spezza stays healthy, all three could get 100 points next season.

Tampa Bay Lightning St. Louis – Lecavalier – Prospal

Lecavalier 35-40-75 (80 GP)

St Louis 31-30-61 (82 GP)

Prospal 25-55-80 (81 GP)

Prospal plays with any other player besides Lecavalier and he’s a good player, with Lecavalier he’s an all-star. St Louis didn’t put up the numbers one expected from a reigning Hart Trophy winner and a guy the ‘New’ NHL was seemingly designed for, and maybe he misses the chemistry of Cory Stillman? But these guys are great together and could be even better next season. St Louis has the heart of a lion.

Colorado Avalanche Hejduk – Sakic -Svatos

Hejduk 24-34-58 (74 GP)

Sakic 32-55-87 (82 GP)

Svatos 32-18-50 (61 GP)

Slick hands and lots of finish on this line. What can you say about Sakic, he makes everybody he has ever played with look like an all-star. Sakic is the oil, the moving parts and the spark plug for this line- with him go not only this line, but the Avalanche. Hejduk seemed to be a bit slow at times last season, and not have the finish he once did. These guys are power-play machines, maybe the best power play line in hockey. Not a big line or tough, Svatos is a bit of a defensive liability, but his rookie campaign was a dream, and if Sakic can keep age at bay, these guys will again be dangerous

43 Responses to The Best Line in Hockey

  1. wayne2 says:

    As a sens fan i think our title as the best line in hockey(according to a lot of sports announcers) is in geopardy.I still think the Heatley/Spezza/Alfredson line will be dominating but look for the Gagne/Forsberg/Knuble and Smyth/Horcoff/Hemsky line to compete.My pick however as the best line is Bell/Thornton/Cheechoo.All those lines are great and dangerous its all going to depend on chemistry for the newly formed lines.

  2. Habmania11 says:

    Samsonov Ribeiro Kovalev 😐

  3. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Definetly the San Jose line. All those guys played 82 games and had over 25 goals. There should be a Hab line in there too. Koivu, Kovalev, Samsonov?

  4. NjDEVSFN says:

    Elias Gomez Gionta

    let’s hope the Devils HAVE those players, let along that line, next year

  5. zdeno_duchesne says:

    not to mention the defensive presence that bell brings

  6. zdeno_duchesne says:

    i’m going to go with the sharks’ line on this one. thornton and cheechoo… deadly.

    mark bell coming to this line adds a defensive presence that will set thornton and cheechoo free to work their magic even more

  7. Habroller says:

    Any line involving Kovalchuk & Hossa should be in there too (even if centered by Holik or Kozlov!)

  8. Farva says:

    Kilger/Stajan/Ondrus…… case closed.

  9. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Thats the top AHL line…

    I don’t think Ondrus will make the roster.

  10. neiltaylor11 says:

    haha ummm no.

  11. patdud says:

    what about


    complain all you want everyone, but they clicked immediately last year and were awsome

  12. passionch says:

    Best offensive line = Sens line

    Best overall line = San Jose

  13. puttar says:

    Demitra Rolston Gaborik hands down!!!!

  14. wheresthesoda says:

    what about jagrs line…he had over 120 points, plus straka who had around 80 points, both played in all 82 games…i think they should be up there

  15. NYRebuild27 says:

    what about straka-nylander-jagr?

    straka 22-54-76 (82 GP)

    nylander 23-56-79 (81 GP)

    jagr 54-69-123 (82 GP)

    combined : 99-179-278 (245 GP)

    SJ – 269 P

    CAL- 203 P

    FLA – 200 P

    PHI – 219 P

    EDM – 216 P

    OTT – 296 P

    TB – 216 P

    COL – 195 P

    The only line that collectively scored higher than the Rangers top line is Ottawa. Just on *****ulative points by an entire line, they should not have been omitted fromt the list πŸ™‚ but good list regardless, very imformative, just voicing an opinion from a NY point of view

  16. Doctor says:


  17. nyrhockey25 says:

    lets just say who ever jagr decides to play with…but u gota watch out for Thornton and Cheechoo.

  18. wingerxxx says:

    I was under the impression that Heatley, Spezza and Alfredsson didn’t all play together? A Sens fan needs to correct me if I’m wrong here.

    Part of the issue I have is that a lot of these lines are hypothetical. We really don’t know if Tanguay will be playing with Iginla and Langkow next year. Makes sense on paper, yes. But that doesn’t translate into effective play. Ditto with Bell, Thornton and Cheechoo. And the Bertuzzo-Jokinen-Roberts line. These aren’t the best lines in hockey, because they have not all played together yet. For all we know, Bertuzzi could have rotten chemistry with Roberts and Jokinen. Nothing is ever a given in the NHL. Remember when Larionov and Pavel Bure were supposed to light it up together in Florida?

    The Straka-Nylander-Jagr line definitely needs to be on this list. These guys, along with Petr Prucha, were THE offensive part of the Rangers attack. I won’t go with Shanahan-Nylander-Jagr, because again, Shanahan might not have good chemistry with these guys, and Renney may decide (smartly) that the scoring needs to be spread out.

    I don’t see Hejduk and Svatos on the same line. They are both right wingers, and the Avs need their scoring spread out a bit. I see either Brunette or Konowalchuk playing on their top line.

    Lines are jumbled so much in hockey, that its really hard to find really consistent lines on a given basis. As the season wears on, almost countless line combinations are tried. Even top lines, when they’re cold.

  19. markjohnston says:

    Hoglund / Sundin / Renberg

  20. Rysto says:

    Alfie, Spezza and Heatley spent the majority of the last season playing together. They were split up in the playoffs for more scoring depth(Alfie was moved to the third line), but it didn’t work out that well. With the departure of Havlat, we may well not see the three play together this season apart from the power play.

  21. Rickler says:


  22. wingerxxx says:

    That makes sense. Since Havlat is gone, I don’t see how the Sens can get away with putting their top guns on the same line, on a regular basis.

  23. kamullia says:


  24. magnifikko says:

    Ronald Maconald- Barney – Pikachu

  25. NjDEVSFN says:

    Gomez and Gionta both had 80+ and since they played with Parise for part and Elias for part, you can consider the EGG or the GPG line w/200+ points combined

  26. 7h3hYp3 says:

    maybe the best line on the leafs…! but were talkin hockey here πŸ˜›

  27. dccentral says:

    it doesnt matter who is on the thornton cheechoo line they are the best ever

  28. ObjectiveImpartiaL says:

    hat line would not even make make top 50. You know there are other teams in the NHL than Toronto.

    Thats why they have not won the cup for close to 50 years

  29. ObjectiveImpartiaL says:

    Just adding points is not really fair. You have to look at defence, the amount of time the line spends apart on the pp. Most of those lines have not played together yet such as CAL and FLA will be up. EDM, SJ, CAL, ect are made up of players going to have a bigger year than last.

  30. ObjectiveImpartiaL says:

    Best ever??????????????

    Jagr, Lemieux , I know I should know

    Kurri, Gretz, Messier


    At that was just inthe 15 years or so

  31. TheStryker says:

    Shut Lemaire Lafleur

    best of all time

  32. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    Elmo – Stewie – Bart ?

  33. Guinsfan87 says:

    Any line with ribeiro on it, is not the best line in hockey

  34. Guinsfan87 says:

    Ilya and Hossa dont play on the same line

  35. PensinWpg says:

    Jagr, Lemieux, Stevens

  36. PensinWpg says:

    Taylor, Dionne, Simmer

    Gilbert, Hadfield, Ratelle

    Trottier, Bossy, Gillies

    Hull, Hedberg, Nilsson (WHA Jets)

    Abel, Howe, Lindsay

    Robert, Perrault, Martin

    Nowadays it seem as though it works with a centre and one winger that truly click and the other winger alternates through the years.

  37. PensinWpg says:

    Also the Jagr, Lemieux, Francis line in the 91-92 playoffs was as good as any I have ever seen.

  38. NYRebuild27 says:

    i agree, but i was stating that based on the criteria of the initial arguement. the list initially shows all of the top lines, targeting on how many goals, assists, and points the players had. i went based on that, but your point is very valid, and yes, straka-nylander-jagr had a ton of PP time, as did alfie-spezza-heatley, cheecho-thornton, etc.

    and i think its safe to say that jags will have another season worth remembering, so you can pencil whatever line hes on to be among the elite πŸ˜‰

  39. NYRebuild27 says:

    even as a rangers fan, the EGG line was incredible, especially in the latter half of the year. to have them left off the list is sacreligious to hockey haha. i really wish elias wouldve ended up on our side of the hudson thought πŸ™

  40. Habroller says:

    Do you really believe what you’re saying?

  41. skandelousHABSfan says:

    I think that the nhl should find a way to get Sidney Crosby, Rick Nash and Cory Stillman on the same line. That way they would be the Crobsy, Stills and Nash line….

    If that isnt crossover appeal, then i dont know what is…lol

    p.s. i have been waiting for the right time to make that joke for way too long, so im glad this article gave me the oportunity….im a little sad…

  42. leafsmarlies says:


  43. Breese1 says:

    Even if i’m an habs fan, i have to agree with this one! Ribeiro isn’t one of the best center the league has

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