Jussi Jokinen, Vincent Trocheck and Reilly Smith
Likely the Rink Rats’ best line is their second forward pairing, which features the likes of Jokinen, Trocheck and Smith — the perfect blend of youth and old.
Jokinen, 33, is a skilled and polished winger who can play power forward and can even take faceoffs. He’s having a career year in terms of assists (42), and is a remarkable +25.
Trocheck, 22, is in his first season in the league. It’s hard to fathom that he’s eclipsed the 23 goals and assists mark in his very first season. A center by trait, he has tremendous playmaking ability and deft hands, but can be slightly exposed when a larger defenseman is placed on him.
Smith, 25, is another player having a career-high; this time in goals. The largest forward on the line, Smith knows where to place himself in order to score (and he did a lot of that this season when he found the back if the net a quarter of one hundred times).
“I love playing with those two,” Trocheck said. “I wouldn’t want to play with anyone else. They make it easy on me. We have chemistry and that makes life easy when that trust is there. We have confidence we can do more.”
“The chemistry has been good with them all year,’’ Gallant said. “We had some injuries, had to switch up some lines. When we got those guys together, they really played good. When you see that, it’s tough to break them up.’’