at the draft party a couple of years ago, and under a considerable haze, i heard Birdman yell out the following (about 4 or 5 times, i think) - "don't marry yourselves to players!" he went on to reiterate that idea more than once on the boards, and i believe it to be absolutely sage.
Side note not pointed to just you 2, but people seem to be way overvaluing Frattin by a lot. Hearing people from TO and others who actually follow the east, sounds like Frattin is just meh. If anything, he may just be an upgrade over King but definitely over Nolan.
the question of where Toffoli and Frattin play should have less to do with their skill/goal scoring ability and more to do about where they fit in best.
do you really want two pure goal scorers on the same line? if Frattin is on the line with Richards and Carter he can be the guy that goes to the net. Toffoli isn't built for that - he's more similar to Carter in style of play. he needs to puck in space to shoot.
the job of a LW on a Richards/Carter line is not to score goals - it's to bang, create traffic and go get pucks. Frattin can do that.
then Toffoli can play on the 3rd line to start with Stoll and King (or Penner or Clifford) and be the goal scorer. Stoll can distribute and the LW (whoever it is) plays the same role as Frattin on the 2nd line.
the best lines aren't always the most skilled - you need the right combination of guys.
i would start the year with these lines...
i like Clifford on the 3rd line to give Toffoli a little protection.
of course you could see Pearson or Nolan or someone else find their way into the lineup, but that's my guess.
As for this comment "the best lines aren't always the most skilled - you need the right combination of guys." I disagree if you are referring to scoring. Please show me a team that has their 3rd or 4th lines scoring more then their top 6. We are talking about goals here not energy/stopper lines or forechecking lines, but skill being Toffoli is a top 6er.
both Chicago and Boston have a banger in their top-6. i wouldn't say Bickell is in the top-6 as far as offensive skill, but he's doing pretty well up there. he plays a role and he does it well.
Frattin played with Kadri last year and he was the beneficiary of scoring a bunch of goals in front of the net. Toffoli won't do that for you. and you don't want Richards there either and you want Carter in space. Frattin is the best guy on the roster to be in front of the net on that line.
Toffoli would be fine as RW3. Stoll has some skill and Toffoli would most assuredly get power play time where he can use that skill. i'm not saying he should be on the 3rd line forever, but it would be a good place to start. maybe he swaps with Williams if the first line struggles?