10. Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks)
He’s been a ppg (point per game) player almost his entire career. I have a feeling he could end being better than that in what could be his last season as a San Jose Shark.
9. Patrick Sharp (Chicago Blackhawks)
A versatile player who also plays as a Left Winger in most fantasy hockey leagues. He’s going to put up good numbers and he almost always has a good plus/minus.
8. Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars)
After being traded due to immature attitude Seguin will be looking to prove the Boston Bruins wrong this season. But, if he can instead focus on being a leader in Dallas and prove to that city and that franchise that he is their star well, Seguin could be in line for a career year. Whatever his motivation if he can keep it up for the entire season we will be looking at a ppg player.
7. Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)
The Flyers captain will be looking to prove that he is the best player in the league; he’s not though. Giroux will have a subpar season compared to what he’s capable of. At times he will get hot, and yes if you can draft him you still should, but to me Giroux is one of the top 5 players in the league, or at least he has the potential to be. I just don’t see him proving it in the categories that really matter to be a top 5 fantasy center in most leagues.
6. Erik Staal (Carolina Hurricanes)
He’s slowly making a come back to the level of play that earned him that giant contract. If he can keep up his play from last season he should easily be a ppg player and a great overall fantasy pick up.
5. Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings)
Many people will be talking about Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss when they bring up the Red Wings this season, not me. Datsyuk is still by far their most important player, hands down. I also see him producing better offensively than he has the last couple of seasons. Detroit’s power play should be improved and that is where Datsyuk will be racking up points that he didn’t get last season.
4. John Tavares (New York Islanders)
The most underrated young player in the league, why, because he’s an Islander. Tavares has the potential to be the best at his position outside of Sidney Crosby. This season I believe he starts to make a case for it.
3. Steve Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)
The new captain in Tampa Bay will look to prove that he should be there captain. But in all honesty I don’t see Tampa Bay being very good. That won’t stop Stamkos from getting his points, he just won’t get as many as he is capable of.
2. Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Malkin is the league’s best over all player. The only reason more people don’t realize it is because he plays on the same team as Sidney Crosby. Put him on any other team and the whole league would realize it.
1. Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
I know I just said Evgeni Malkin is the best player in the league, but he’s only number two on this list. Head scratcher, right? Well here’s the reasoning, the Penguins believe Crosby is there best player and so give him the best wingers. It’s that simple.
SLEEPER: Derek Stepan (New York Rangers)
An up and coming, young, dynamic playmaker. He’s poised to have a terrific season.
DUD: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton Oilers)
RNH has plenty of talent and potential to be a great player, I just don’t him being healthy long enough or consistent enough for him to make that much of a mark.