Evander Kane: Since coming to San Jose Kane has been arguably at the top of his game, therefore with a recent contract extension and more time in San Jose we will only see the best to come from Evander Kane. We all know Kane for his off-ice antics and being a menace in the locker room but when he came to San Jose something clicked for him and it was evident Kane was a different player. Kane is a strong forward who can get in the dirty areas as well as score on the power play or off a straight shot. Last season the 17 games he spent with San Jose he wasted no time getting on the scoresheet, collecting 14 points in that time. Last season he totaled 29 goals an 25 assists. Getting on line one with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton this is going to be an easy 30 plus goal and 60 point season for Kane.
Kevin Hayes: Hayes really started to pick up the slack towards the end of the year when the Rangers were done and out but still Hayes tallied 5 goals in just his last 10 games, on the year he tallied a career high 25 goals. Hayes has been around the 40-49 point range during his four years in the NHL. With a one-year contract and playing for his career in New York this year, Hayes will have a lot to prove to management in NY. We all know Hayes loves New York and he does not want to leave but only getting a one-year deal will just make the hefty center a little more motivated to have a break out 50 point year.
Alex Galchenyuk: Finally the kid is out of Montreal and elsewhere, perhaps Arizona is not the best spot but a change of environment is good. Gally gets highly underrated and under appreciated because of his terrible time in Montreal. We all can agree that coming to Arizona may not make him an 80 point player but it will make him a more effective and productive player. Last year Gally totaled 54 points in 82 games, his second best total in his career. We know this guy is a flashy player and he can be a threat in open ice, playing alongside two young wingers, this will be Gally’s time to take over the second line and be the scorer for not only line two but also the Coyotes. Playing on regular line two minutes and powerplay one, Gally is bound for a 60 point year.
Hampus Lindholm: We usually hear this guys name a decent amount but sometimes it is on the wrong end of things about how he is missing time, etc. Lindholm has not played a full 82 game year in his career, he has played 78 game years but in the most recent seasons he has played 66 and 69 games. If Lindholm can stay healthy and play a full 80 plus games, I would like to say with all the offensive power Anaheim has and minutes he will be seeing, he is destined for a break out year. Lindholm’s highest point total came 2014-15 where he tallied 34 points in 78 games. If the kid can stay healthy and stay in that top four mix while seeing regular power play and top four minutes it will for sure give Lindholm the chance for a 40 plus point season.
Darnell Nurse: The 2013 1st round pick has surely not panned out to be a first round worthy player. In his 4 years in the NHL he has played one full season, which was last year. Last year he tallied his highest point total of 26 points in 82 games. Nurse is a monstrous defenseman with a heavy shot and a player who the Oilers will be relying on to step up and play big minutes. If the Oilers can keep Nurse, Larsson and Klefbom healthy they do not have a terrible looking backend. Nurse plays pair one minutes and power play two, the guy will be logging an easy 22+ minutes a game. He knows what it feels like to play regular minutes and a full season now. If Edmonton as a whole can come together and be more successful I think we see a 35 point season out of Nurse.