Mathieu Perreault playing on the fourth line might not look ideal on paper, but on the ice, it’s worked out pretty well for the Winnipeg Jets. After all, they finally have a fourth line that can bury pucks.
For as long as the Jets have been the Jets, the goal has been to run three lines that can score. They’ve managed it intermittently, but this year looked like it should be the year. At the start of the year, it appeared the Jets were a two-line team again.
Now, with Perreault on the fourth line, he’s elevating the bottom six. It hasn’t all fallen on his shoulders, as the ostensible third line is doing better as well, but Perreault has brought out the best in Joel Armia and Matt Hendricks.