Dan Boyle, New York Rangers. Can he lead the New York Rangers' defense corps this season? At 38, Boyle's best seasons are behind him.
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins. Has age (37) finally caught up with the 6'9”, 255-pound Boston Bruins captain and former Norris winner? Though still a formidable defender, Chara appeared to slow down during last year's playoffs.
Pavel Datyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings. Can this aging duo lead the Detroit Red Wings to their 24th consecutive playoff appearance? Datsyuk (36) and Zetterberg (who turns 34 in October) were hampered by injury last season.
Evander Kane, Winnipeg Jets. Will this be the 23-year-old left wing's final season with the Winnipeg Jets? Trade rumors dogged Kane over the past two years.
Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils. Does he have enough left to once again lead the New Jersey Devils' offense? Age could catch up with the 42-year-old Jagr.
Vincent Lecavalier, Philadelphia Flyers. Will his scoring touch return to justify the $4.5 million annual salary the Philadelphia Flyers invested in him? Last season, Lecavalier managed just 37 points in 69 games.
Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers. Can he backstop the Florida Panthers into the playoffs? The 35-year-old goaltender could face a heavy workload behind a young Panthers defense.
James Neal, Nashville Predators. Will his scoring touch from his days in Pittsburgh carry over with the Nashville Predators? He won't have superstar teammates like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to set him up.
Brad Richards, Chicago Blackhawks. Will he be a good fit as the Chicago Blackhawks' second-line center? The 34-year-old slowed down noticeably as the 2014 NHL playoffs went on.
Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators. Does he believe his long-term future is with the Ottawa Senators? Ryan will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. The 27-year-old right wing could prove a costly signing.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks. Can they regain their offensive touch and carry the Vancouver Canucks back into playoff contention? The twins suffered through injuries and a steep decline in their production last season.
Mike Smith, Arizona Coyotes. Will he regain the form that enabled him to backstop the Arizona Coyotes into playoff contention? Smith struggled through injuries and inconsistency over the past two seasons.
Thomas Vanek, Minnesota Wild. Can he provide the additional offense the Minnesota Wild need to become Stanley Cup contenders? Vanek has six 60-plus-point seasons on his resume but struggles with consistency in the postseason.