With Jaromir Jagr starting to find his rhythm after a handful of games with the Calgary Flames, there seems to be some level of uncertainty as to where he fits in the lineup. It’s tempting to think that the Flames should try to recapture what Jagr had with Aleksander Barkov in Florida; the pair formed one of the strongest duos in the league at even strength, especially when joined by Jonathan Huberdeau. However, the Flames don’t have a Barkov-level centre, so who is the closest? Having done so much research to find the top-23 players at each position, I can lean on that data to shed some light on Jagr’s best fit. So, let’s look at how the Flames’ centres compare to Barkov right now. Clearly the closest player the Flames have to Barkov at centre is Mikael Backlund, but there’s very little chance that the Flames want to break up the 3M line of Backlund, Matthew Tkachuk, and Michael Frolik. That line plays tough minutes and dominates; they don’t need to be messed with. Since Jagr’s not going to be doing the same job he was in Florida, the question becomes where exactly does he fit best? There was a thought that Jagr could turn the Sam Bennett line into a legitimate scoring line, but I’m not really sold on Bennett, and playing third line minutes is a bit of a waste of Jagr’s talent.
Where does Jagr fit on the Flames lineup?
Sportsnet | Oct 21