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Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers. Selected second overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. Though hampered by injuries, the 18-year-old Barkov netted 24 points in 54 games. If Barkov can stay healthy, he should enjoy a solid sophomore campaign.
Nick Bjugstad, Florida Panthers. His 38 points last season led the woeful Panthers in scoring. Bjugstad also finished fifth overall in rookie scoring. He should remain as the Panthers' second-line center this season.
Danny DeKeyser, Detroit Red Wings. In his first full NHL season, the 24-year-old DeKeyser netted 23 points in 65 games, with a plus/minus of plus-10 while averaging over 21 minutes of ice time. He will likely be a second-pairing defenseman this season.
Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks. The Hockey News' Ryan Kennedy reported Hertl was among the early favorites to win the 2014 Calder Trophy (25 points in his first 35 games) until a late-December knee injury sidelined him until the final two games of the regular season. Expect him to be among the Sharks' top-six forwards.
Boone Jenner, Columbus Blue Jackets. Only 20 last season, Jenner tallied a respectable 29 points in 72 regular season games. He also collected five points in six postseason games. Could be ready to move full-time into a top-six winger role.
Hampus Lindholm, Anaheim Ducks. The 20-year-old Lindholm registered 30 points in 78 games. He was second overall on the Ducks and among NHL rookies in plus/minus (plus-29). Lindholm should remain among the Ducks top-four blueliners.
Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins. Only 19, Maatta had a solid debut, collecting 29 points in 78 games. He was second among Penguins defensemen in scoring, blocked shots (112) and plus/minus (plus-8). With Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik having departed via free agency, Maatta could see more playing time this season.
Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets. Scheifele, 21, had 34 points in 63 games until sidelined by a season-ending knee injury. He will begin this season as the Jets' second-line center.
Tyler Toffoli, Los Angeles Kings. The 22-year-old Toffoli scored 29 points in 62 regular-season games. Came into his own during the 2014 NHL playoffs, with 14 points in 26 games. Given the success he and linemates Jeff Carter and Tanner Pearson enjoyed in the 2014 playoffs, expect Toffoli to remain on that line this season.
Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets. The young Jets defenseman rallied back from an early-season knee injury to tally 10 goals and 29 points in 65 games. He could move full time into a top defense-pairing role.