Adam Henrique: Now, I am not saying Henrique is going to completely bomb out but he did produce 50 points last year and to do that again is not going to be easy as he has 2 other 50 point years, Henrique is now slotted on the third line in Anaheim, unless he can make his way up. I don’t see another 50 point year form Henrique, which may be a good thing because some teams may not be all in on this guy and you may be able to sneak him in the later rounds. Right now, with where Henrique is in the lineup you have to be a little concerned with. Last time Henrique produced 50 points he came back the next year and tallied 40 points, probably right around where he should be. I would say Henrique is a solid 40-45 point next year, so do not go out breaking the bank on him.
Vladislav Namestnikov: The Russian forward was sent over from Tampa Bay to a bad situation in New York as he did sign a contract to stay in New York he will be one to keep an eye on next year. The time Namestnikov spent with the Rangers was not filled with much production to say the least. Of his 48 points last year, 44 of them came on Tampa Bay. He tallied 4 points in 19 games with the Rangers. And while not much has changed on the Rangers offensive side of things, Namestnikov is said to be slotted with Hayes and Zuccarello with two young guys right on his tail looking to steal his job. The New York pressure may be too much for him to handle, so where he ranks in the 90-100 mark, he may easily drop come draft time.
Adrian Kempe Now, with Ilya Kovalchuk on the Kings, Kempe may be seeing a little less ice time. Kempe is now slotted on the third line with Alex Iafallo and Trevor Lewis two players who will not be the best to help Kempe get back to his 37 point year and almost 20 goal season. It leaves one with a lot of concern about Kempe and his role next season after coming off a hot rookie season and getting demoted to less playing time with two lesser L.A. forwards, it would be difficult to see Kempe produce 16 plus goals and 20 plus assists next year. Don’t bite on the successful first year out of Kempe, let the draft play out and see where he is come rounds 12, 13 per say.
Mike Green: Although Green did get off to a hot start and have an NHL All-Star appearance season, he tailed off a bit during the season and with being in Detroit still leaves one with a bit of concern. Green is a very good offensive forward who sees much of his production come on the powerplay. Of his 33 points last season 13 of them came on the power play. Not to mention he only played in 66 games last season, health is for sure a concern, plus on top of playing alongside Jonathan Ericsson the Red Wings have one of the worst defensive one pairings and d-core in the NHL. There is not much support around Green and if he does play a full 82 games next season it would be a miracle to see a 35 plus point year out of him. Don’t bite on the Green name, let him ride the draft and play it smart with him.
Will Butcher: After a successful rookie season and getting off to an extremely hot start, Butcher’s name will be one everybody is looking to grab. He will for sure go early in a lot of drafts and most likely to that homer Devils fan in your league that thinks Butcher is the next Brian Leetch. Butcher is a solid player, has great vision and all the tools to be a consistent top four/five defenseman in the league but to produce back to back near 40 assist years is tough. I will say he can do it, but it won’t be easy. Butcher is more realistically a 27-32 assist guy, with about 7-8 goals a year. He got off to a hot start and not to mention of his 44 points, 23 of them came on the powerplay. You better hope that efficiency continues! There was a point after the All-Star break Butcher produced just 5 points in 20 games, he went on a 11-game drought. Nothing major but something to keep an eye on…