Every NHL team begins a season with one or more players who must rebound from disappointing performances from the previous campaign. Such players face various obstacles in their quests to justify their value to their respective clubs.
Several on this list are well-known stars. Some are promising young players trying to regain momentum in their development. Others are veterans hoping to overcome the perception that their best seasons are behind them.
Other reasons factored into the compilation of this list. Some players were hampered by injuries. A few are entering the final year of their contracts and need an improved effort to ensure a lucrative new deal. Some face the pressure of adjusting to a new team.