3rd line... but he'll receive more ice-time than Mike Ribeiro and he'll play on the first PP unit.
I triple that.
If Ribeiro comes into training camp in as good or better of a shape than last season he'll get just as much ice time and will produce at the same pace than he did last season. But if he sits on his bacon this summer, Bonk will be quick to steal his place as 2nd line center IMO.
I don't know what is going to be "2nd" and what is "3rd" anymore. I love the idea of a Bulis-Bonk duo (maybe with Higgins or even Sundstrom if he returns or somebody else as a great multi-purpose smother line) and then the Ribs-Ryder duo may not have as much responsibility, but will score more. Either way, it looks nice. And it's good insurance just in case Koivu has another injury episode.
I think Bonk and Bullis make a lot of sense together and compliment each other well.Bullis' speed will be important. I wouldn't be shocked to see either Plekanec or Higgins play on their line. Both are creative and defensively responsible from all I've seen and read. Could be a nice way to break in whichever of the 2 wins the job.
I chose 3rd line centre, but really I think he'll be the centre of our top checking/two-way line. That may get more ice-time than our 2nd scoring line though, so I'm not sure if you'd call it the 3rd line or not.
I think Bonk's position will depend of wether on not Gainey brings back Kovalev. I'm still thinking that there is a better than 50% chance that Kovalev will be back, so....
Zednik, Kovalev and Koivu would start off the year on the top line.
Bonk, Ryder and Ribeiro will make up the second line.
....I think the only way he will produce is on the 2nd line with ribs and ryder, but im not sure how he would make out on the wing....it kinda leaves dagenais out of the mix unless he starts using his body more like he did in the playoffs......i'd like to see bonk on the second line, but i think he will center the third line with bulis and one of the young guys...... ie: hossa perizhogan higgins .....who knows maybe even kastitsyn ..... either way its a good pick up for the habs!!!
I don't know what all this talk is about...BG obvisouly acquired Bonk to play center, it's up to people like us to discuss whether or not he's on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd line...he's going to be our matchup center, so if you want to play lines, well IMO...