Fantasy Fare: Top forward combos can't find that third piece

Anaheim Ducks right wing Kyle Palmieri (middle) is congratulated by teammates Sheldon Souray (44)...

Anaheim Ducks right wing Kyle Palmieri (middle) is congratulated by teammates Sheldon Souray (44) and Emerson Etem (65) after scoring against the Detroit Red Wings in last year's playoffs. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)

JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:46 PM ET

It’s getting tougher these days to find three guys to make up a sure-fire forward line worthy of a top six designation. Look around the NHL and there are plenty of potent combos — with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry of the Ducks being among the most noteworthy. But that third complementary piece has been a moving target and it’s creating some fantasy headaches for owners trying to guess who will get the choice assignment. To wit:

Anaheim: Kyle Palmieri got the early first-line nod over plodding Dustin Penner, but the line struggled through its first two games. Palmieri then got hurt, allowing Penner to reclaim the job for Friday’s game. The new trio combined for two goals, but Penner left hurt, which now could be Palmieri’s return ticket. He is, however, an example of why you don’t invest heavily in players just because they have great linemates. Without Perry and Getlaf, Palmieri has little fantasy value.

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