I’ll give you a minute to pick your jaw up off the floor. Yes I have Mikhail Grigorenko slated in on the first line to play with Thomas
Vanek. Has Grigorenko earned a spot on the top line? No, but what could it hurt? Why keep a player of his skill buried on the 4th line, it’s only destroying his confidence. Give him a promotion to the first line and let him work his kinks out alongside Vanek and Foligno. If you want to see what he’s truly capable of you have to give him a shot to show you.
Both Vanek and Grigorenko have a nose for scoring and they will be the skill on the line while Foligno applies the muscle and grit for his linemates and takes care of all the dirty work in the corners. Let Grigorenko learn from Vanek and Foligno as the three try to generate offence. Foligno saw time on the top line during preseason action and was only demoted because of injury, give him some time on the top line and watch that line flourish as he powers them on.