The trio of Elias Pettersson, JT Miller and Brock Boeser have been scoring at an impressive clip so far this season. Canucks fans knew what they wanted to see from a healthy Brock Boeser and an improving Elias Pettersson but it seems that JT Miller was the missing piece to form what has become one of the best lines in the NHL.
NHL.com consistently has an article that breaks down the top 25 fantasy lines in the NHL. Their metrics measure statistics like goals scores, goals allowed and shots on net, basically all of the fun statistics that pad fantasy numbers. The latest article included the Canucks nominal first line of JT Miller, Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser at 9th in the league.
The Canucks moved up six spots from NHL.com’s last ranking, making them the highest rising fantasy line in the league. All three of the Canucks players have been on a tear over the past two week,s which includes a seven game stretch where the Lotto Line has combined for 31 points.
There are some signs the line will come back down to earth, but there are also reasons to believe they can sustain success over the long-term, too. Brock Boeser won’t shoot at 31.6% all season long but J.T. Miller likely wont shoot at 9.1% either. A lot of the production has come on the power play from this trio as they are scoring from all parts of the ice.
Whether that be a tip in from a Quinn Hughes shot or Boeser and Pettersson finding their groove on their strong side, the best part about the powerplay is the options that they have that with Horvat and Miller’s double screens and great board work to get the puck to the trio of stars on the top part of the power play.
The trio has been not only one of the most productive offensive lines but they have also been doing a great job of keeping the puck out of their own net.
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On Monday, Jeff Paterson of TSN1040 asked Pettersson about what it feels like spending so much time in the offensive zone and Pettersson mentioned that when the line does get a few shifts in a row where they are in their defensive zone that they “Talk to each other to be sharp”.
The line has controlled 64% of shot attempts and is responsible for 59% of scoring chances when they are on the ice at 5 on 5. JT Miller’s puck retrival and passing ability has been exactly what Pettersson and Boeser needed to take their games to the next level and Canucks fans are hoping that this becomes a regular occurrence rather than simply a symptom of a hot start.
The Canucks are starting to make me into a real believer in this year’s team. Something does feel different about the squad and with depth comes balance and if the Canucks can find the perfect balance that fits Travis Green’s system then this team could be on to something.
Having one of the best lines is a very valuable asset when you are trying to build a playoff team and if the newly appointed 9th best line in fantasy hockey can continue to climb that board the Canucks will get closer and closer to the playoff conversation and that’s all fans can ask for this season.