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Frank Seravalli

TSN Senior Hockey Reporter


The NHL’s preseason statistics mean nothing now. In fact, by the time the second week of the regular season rolls around, you’ll have a tough time finding them on the league’s official site - they mean so little.

But if you caught a glimpse of the final scoring leaders from the exhibition slate, you will find three players from the Columbus Blue Jackets ranked one-two-three in scoring.

Ryan Johansen, Nick Foligno and Brandon Saad combined for a staggering 29 points - and they weren't even together for four games.

After three weeks of training camp, lineups around the league are still in-flux one day prior to the start of the 2015-16 NHL season. But it’s a safe bet coach Todd Richards will keep that crew in Columbus together.

They make up one of 18 new top lines in the NHL this season.

Only 12 of 30 teams return all three players on their first line. And in some of those cases, like in Chicago, a player like rising sophomore Teuvo Teravainen is getting a look next to stars Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.

Calgary, Florida, Nashville, Minnesota, Montreal, the Islanders and Rangers, Ottawa, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Winnipeg are all returning their top line talent. Some, like the trio in St. Louis, are expected to be glued together for the bulk of the season.

For the other 16 teams outside of Columbus and St. Louis, it will be a brand new adventure, including some combinations that may not even make it through Game 1 before new lines are shuffled.

With a nod to those teams who do not have a clear-cut No. 1 line, here’s a look at all 30 top lines as they stood on Monday (subject to change):


NHL's Top 30 Lines

Team Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Anaheim Carl Hagelin Ryan Getzlaf Chris Stewart
Anaheim (1A) Jiri Sekac Rickard Rakell Corey Perry
Arizona Max Domi Antoine Vermette Mikkel Boedker
Boston Matt Beleskey David Krejci David Pastrnak
Buffalo Matt Moulson Ryan O'Reilly Tyler Ennis
Buffalo (1A) Evander Kane Jack Eichel Brian Gionta
Calgary Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Carolina Kris Versteeg Eric Staal Elias Lindholm
Chicago Teuvo Teravainen Jonathan Toews Marian Hossa
Chicago (1A) Artemi Panarin Artem Anisimov Patrick Kane
Colorado Alex Tanguay Matt Duchene Jarome Iginla
Columbus Brandon Saad Ryan Johansen Nick Foligno
Dallas Jamie Benn Tyler Seguin Patrick Sharp
Detroit Henrik Zetterberg Dylan Larkin Justin Abdelkader
Detroit (1A) Gustav Nyquist Brad Richards Tomas Tatar
Edmonton Taylor Hall Connor McDavid Anton Slepyshev
Edmonton (1A) Benoit Pouliot Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Teddy Purcell
Florida Jonathan Huberdeau Aleksander Barkov Jaromir Jagr
Los Angeles Milan Lucic Anze Kopitar Marian Gaborik
Minnesota Zach Parise Mikael Granlund Jason Pominville
Montreal Max Pacioretty Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Nashville Filip Forsberg Mike Ribeiro James Neal
New Jersey Mike Cammalleri Travis Zajac Lee Stempniak
N.Y. Islanders Anders Lee John Tavares Ryan Strome
N.Y. Rangers Rick Nash Derick Brassard Mats Zuccarello
Ottawa Mike Hoffman Kyle Turris Mark Stone
Ottawa (1A) Bobby Ryan Mika Zibanejad Curtis Lazar
Philadelphia Michael Raffl Claude Giroux Jakub Voracek
Pittsburgh Chris Kunitz Sidney Crosby Phil Kessel
Pittsburgh (1A) Sergei Plotnikov Evgeni Malkin Patric Hornqvist
San Jose Joonas Donskoi Joe Thornton Joe Pavelski
San Jose (1A) Patrick Marleau Logan Couture Joel Ward
St. Louis Alexander Steen Paul Stastny Vladimir Tarasenko
Tampa Bay Jonathan Drouin Steven Stamkos Ryan Callahan
Tampa Bay (1A) Ondrej Palat Tyler Johnson Nikita Kucherov
Toronto James van Riemsdyk Nazem Kadri Brad Boyes
Vancouver Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Brandon Sutter
Washington * Alex Ovechkin Evgeni Kuznetsov T.J. Oshie
Winnipeg Andrew Ladd Bryan Little Blake Wheeler

* C Nicklas Backstrom will miss at least first four games of the season due to injury and is expected to fill Kuznetsov’s spot when he returns


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