Hello and a happy hockey season to all.
I have 15 skaters, 2 goalies. I was wondering how coaches - pro, Jr, college, high school, and youth teams - how do you choose your lines?
Do you throw a scorer (as best as a scorer can be at the youth level) with a player who will pass, along with a player who will go in the corners. Throw two scorers together, with a player who will pass. Do you make one really strong line with two other "lunch pail" type of players on the other two?
With the Dmen, I have three real solid D, the other three are fast, but do not handle the puck as well. I have some of the F's and D switch in games - get the players a chance to play a different position.
Ours is a Pee Wee A team, our highest level.
I have always heard that a tough team will put their "top" 6 forwards together and their 3rd line is a "go get'm" kinda of a group, a group that if they score - it is a plus, but if they do not give up any goals - a win/win situation.
The Dmen, if you have your top 3, keep one of them on the ice at all times.
Our goalies, we will keep moving them every other game.
Thoughts? I would appreciate any thoughts from all the great coaches we have here on this wonderful website.