Former 2013 NHL Free Agents Most Likely to Be All-Stars with New Teams

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2013

Former 2013 NHL Free Agents Most Likely to Be All-Stars with New Teams

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    The contracts have been signed, and it's time for this year's class of free agents to assert itself.

    The July 5 opening of the free-agency signing period created a boatload of movement, and it also resulted in some teams signing their own players before they had a chance to move on.

    A number of players will not only have the opportunity to profit as a result of their new contracts, but they will also have the opportunity to excel and raise their games to new levels.

    Here's a look at the former 2013 free agents who have the best chance to be All-Stars with their new teams.

Center Mike Ribeiro, Phoenix Coyotes

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    2013 Team: Washington Capitals

    Notable Numbers: 49 points in 48 games in 2013 season


    All-Star Potential

    Mike Ribeiro has excellent vision on the ice, possessing the ability to find the open man with his accurate passes or the dead spot in the defense that allows him to get off dangerous shots himself. He is a smart player who is opportunistic when he senses an opportunity in the offensive zone.

Right Wing David Clarkson, Toronto Maple Leafs

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    2013 Team: New Jersey Devils

    Notable Numbers: 30 goals in 2011-12; 15 goals in 48 games in 2013


    All-Star Potential

    David Clarkson is a hard-working player who will go into the corners and win the battle. He can anchor himself in front of the net and jump on rebounds and create havoc for opposing goalies. He's the kind of player who could earn a slot as an All-Star with his new team because he is willing to take punishment in order to make a play.

Left Wing Bryan Bickell, Chicago Blackhawks

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    2013 Team: Chicago Blackhawks

    Notable Numbers: 30 goals in 2011-12; 15 goals in 48 games in 2013


    All-Star Potential

    The 27-year-old Bryan Bickell has been a fairly ordinary performer throughout the last three seasons. Prior to that, Bickell had occasional chances with the Blackhawks, but he was not a regular.

    Bickell came through with the best performances of his career in the 2013 playoffs. Bickell scored nine goals and eight assists in the Blackhawks' 23 postseason games, including the game-tying goal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    If Bickell continues to assert himself in the regular season the way he did in the postseason, he could develop into an All-Star.

Defenseman Mark Streit, Philadelphia Flyers

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    2013 Team: New York Islanders

    Notable Numbers: 63 goals in last six seasons


    All-Star Potential

    Mark Streit is a solid defenseman who can assert himself in all aspects of the game. Streit has an excellent shot and knows how to find the lane so he can get it through to the net. He is a proficient puck carrier and responsible defensively. He may be energized by going to a new team and should be ready for an excellent season with the Flyers.

Defenseman Rob Scuderi, Pittsburgh Penguins

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    2013 Team: Los Angeles Kings

    Notable Numbers: Plus-9 in each of last two postseasons


    All-Star Potential

    Rob Scuderi has a chance to be an important cog for the Penguins.

    This team is loaded with explosive offensive talent, and while Scuderi does not fit in that category, he is a very proficient defensive defenseman. Scuderi has the courage to block passes and shots and the instincts to break up key plays and frustrate the offense.

    The Penguins need a player like Scuderi badly, and he could prove to be a difference-maker for head coach Dan Bylsma.

Goalie Ray Emery, Philadelphia Flyers

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    2013 Team: Chicago Blackhawks

    Notable Numbers: 17-1-0, 1.94 GAA and .922 save percentage in 2013


    All-Star Potential

    Ray Emery was brilliant throughout the regular season for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, and he was quite instrumental in their record 24-game point streak at the start of the season. Emery has a chance to solidify the Flyers' goaltending situation, and that would almost certainly get the offensively strong Flyers back to the playoffs.