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Predicting the Leafs' 2017-18 Opening Night Lineup

While the players who will don the Blue and White has been determined, figuring out where each of them will play come opening night is not fully set in stone. The new additions and the key young stars will all play a factor in what the line combinations will eventually look like.

Here's my best guess as to what the Leafs lineup will look like when they open their season against the Winnipeg Jets.
Marleau-Matthews-Nylander JVR-Bozak-Marner Komarov-Kadri-Brown* Hyman/Martin-Moore-Kapanen * = Assuming Connor Brown re-signs in time for opening night (he's currently an RFA)

The forward lineup sees very few changes from when the Leafs were in the playoffs this past spring. One obvious difference will likely be Zach Hyman replaced by Patrick Marleau on the top line, as it seems that Mike Babcock will pair this summer’s big free agent signing with Auston Matthews and William Nylander.
James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, and Mitch Marner should remain together because of their strong…