10. Matt Moulson (New York Islanders)
One of the most underrated players in the NHL (only because he plays for the Islanders), he was almost a ppg player last season and we are likely to see the same thing yet again this season as he hits his prime.
9. Bobby Ryan (Ottawa Senators)
He has all the capabilities to be a ppg player and this season he should get closer to that again. Although he’s entering the prime of his career I do see him going through a career resurrection this year with the Senators.
8. Alexander Semin (Carolina Hurricanes)
Early in his NHL career he was annually a ppg player, than his last two seasons in Washington were good but not great. It now seems though that a change of scenery was needed to get Semin back at a ppg pace. Carolina fans you should be very happy with this pick up.
7. Rick Nash (New York Rangers)
The former 1st over pick proved that he was every bit worth the pricey trade that brought him to the Rangers. This season I finally see him eclipsing 80 points. Remember last season he started slow as well and than went off for a 42 points in 44 games overall.
6. Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche)
One of the most over hyped players in the league, Duchene finally showed his full potential last year bringing in 43 points in 47 games. He should keep that pace this year, his only problem is that he anually has a terrible plus/minus rating. So if you pick him up make sure the rest of your roster is solid in that regard.
5. Zach Parise (Minnesota Wild)
After moving to Minnesota after several great years in New Jersey he had some growing pains. This season though the offensive load will fall more on Parise than in last season. I do see him getting close to 70 points but what makes Parise a great pick up is that he is traditionally responsible a great defensive player so his plus/minus should be decent this season.
4. James Neal (Pittsburgh Penguins)
A good pick up for people who are confident that he will keep up his productive offensive ways. I look at it this way, you should be confident in 60 points and around 60 PIM season, so that in and of itself is worth the pick up.
3. Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings)
The Red Wings Captain is one of the most consistent players in the league, and is over shadowed by his linemate Pavel Datsyuk (who ranked no. 5 on our top 10 fantasy centers list) Not many people will probably see this coming but you should feel confident with picking him early and enjoying a ppg pace for ‘Hank’ and watch him to after MVP honors this season.
2. Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers)
This pick is all about potential. He racked up 50 points in 45 games last year. The question is, is this going to be him going forward, or is he going back to his results from the season before where in a full season he had 50 points. I believe he should split the difference and get around 70 points this season.
1. Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks)
Did you expect anyone else to rank no. 1? He’s going back to his ppg form and more, pick and enjoy.
SLEEPER: Johan Franzen (Detroit Red Wings) He’s one of Detroit’s more productive goal scorers and he’s playing on a line with Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss this season. I see him having a career year.
DUD: Patrick Elias (New Jersey Devils) This is hard for me to write as I’ve constantly had him on my fantasy teams over the years, but New Jersey just is not that good this season.