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Memorial Cup: Top lines from the Knights and Rebels dominate early on in Tournament

20 points between six players through the Memorial Cup's first three games, and I doubt any of them will be slowing down.

From the London Knights, the dominant top line of Mitch Marner, Christian Dvorak and Matthew Tkachuk have shown why they were able to combine for 334 regular season points.

In their first game of the tournament, and only before tonight's matchup with the Brandon Wheat Kings - the Knights top line scored a whopping 10 points in their opening game against the Red Deer Rebels.

"They're awesome players and I think we all complement each other real well," said Tkachuk after his team's first game.

"I think we all provide things that make it easy on each other and we're really able to feed off each other."

The line lit up the Ontario Hockey League, and the three players were all amongst the top five scorers in the entire league.

What makes them so special? Well the three have an amazing ability to feed off each other in every zone. Ghosting around the ice, Marner is one of the most mesmerizing offensive players I've watched play. His creativity, incredible passing and high hockey IQ makes him a force.

Combine that with Tkachuk's physicality and knack for finding open space, as well as Dvorak's offensive skill and you have an unbelieveable line.

OHL Regular Season:
Marner: 57 GP - 39 G - 77 A - 116 Pts
Dvorak: 59 GP - 52 G - 69 A - 121 Pts
Tkachuk: 57 GP - 30 G - 77 A - 107 Pts

The three have combined for 10 points in the Knights first game. Marner 2 G 3 A, Dvorak, 2G 2 A, Philp, 1 G, 1 A.

The Red Deer Rebels put together the line of Adam Helewka, Luke Philp and Jake DeBrusk late during their first game against the London Knights.

In the team's first two games, the three have combined for 10 points.

Against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Sunday night, the three looked unstoppable. Rebels head coach Brent Sutter sang the praise for the line during his post-game availability saying "they’re offensive type guys that need to have the puck on their stick to make plays" and that "they were really intelligent with the puck and their puck possession ratio was really good."

Jake DeBrusk is able to use his burning speed and physicality to win puck battles, and Adam Helewka has been a finisher so far this tournament.

If the Rebels top line can keep motoring, it will make it interesting for the rest of the tournament.