We are now less than a month away from the start of the 2009-10 NHL regular season, and I think it's a great time to start publishing my fantasy preview articles for each NHL team.
When looking at a player and predicting how he will fare offensively this season, there are a many things to consider. Is the player at an age where he will improve or decline? Is he playing with new linemates this year? Did his team acquire some players who may push them down the depth chart?
Those are just a few of the questions needed to be asked and I believe I can accurately predict a player's point totals for the upcoming season. Of course, things like injuries are impossible to predict, so these are best case scenarios.
2009-10 Depth Chart
Marco Sturm-Marc Savard-Michael Ryder
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Chuck Kobasew
Mark Recchi-Patrice Bergeron-Blake Wheeler
Shawn Thornton-Steve Begin-Byron Bitz
Zdeno Chara-Dennis Wideman
Andrew Ference-Mark Stuart
Matt Hunwick-Derek Morris
Sure Bet: Marc Savard
One of the best play-makers in the entire league, Savard has notched an amazing 63 assists in each of the past two seasons. He also showed people he has the ability to score goals by notching 25 last season.
Dark Horse: Patrice Bergeron
Did not perform very well offensively last season due to head injuries suffered both last year and the one prior. However, Bergeron is just 24 years of age and I still believe he has the ability to rebound.
2009-10 Scoring Projections
1. Marc Savard 82-21-65-86
2. Michael Ryder 79-32-31-63
3. David Krejci 77-20-41-61
4. Milan Lucic 80-23-32-55
5. Patrice Bergeron 76-11-39-50
6. Zdene Chara 79-15-34-49
7. Marco Sturm 75-20-26-46
8. Dennis Wideman 80-11-33-44
9. Chuck Kobasew 74-18-24-42
10. Mark Recchi 75-21-20-41
11. Blake Wheeler 73-16-20-36
12. Matt Hunwick 77-7-27-34
13. Derek Morris 82-7-20-27
14. Andrew Ference 72-2-16-18
15. Byron Bitz 60-3-10-12
16. Mark Stuart 80-1-11-12
17. Shawn Thornton 77-2-8-10
18. Steve Begin 69-4-5-9
1. Tim Thomas 37-19-7 .922 SVP 2.18 GAA
2. Tuukka Rask 10-6-3 .911 SVP 2.42 GAA