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 line mates 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
Rene Bourque—Olli Jokinen—Jarome Iginla
David Moss—Daymond Langkow—David Moss
Curtis Glencross—Craig Conroy—Fredrik Sjostrom
Eric Nystrom—Jamie Lundmark—Brandon Prust
Dion Phaneuf—Jay Bouwmeester
Robyn Regehr—Cory Sarich
Adam Pardy—Mark Giordano
Sure Bet: Jarome Iginla
Was there ever any doubt? Jarome Iginla can score goals, is a great passer, and never has a second thought when sticking up for a teammate.
Dark Horse: Olli Jokinen
Olli Jokinen put in an extremely disappointing performance in his first season with the Phoenix Coyotes and finished with just 57 points. Expect a lot more from him now that he is playing with Iginla for a full season.
2009-10 Scoring Projections
1. Jarome Iginla 82-41-51-92
2. Olli Jokinen 80-35-43-78
3. Daymond Langkow 77-26-40-66
4. Dion Phaneuf 80-15-40-55
5. Jay Bouwmeester 82-13-36-49
6. Rene Bourque 74-21-25-46
7. David Moss 81-20-21-41
8. Dustin Boyd 76-16-22-38
9. Curtis Glencross 79-15-20-35
10. Craig Conroy 81-10-25-35
11. Mark Giordano 82-6-23-29
12. Fredrik Sjostrom 76-6-16-22
13. Adam Pardy 79-3-17-20
14. Eric Nystrom 80-5-15-20
15. Jamie Lundmark 60-3-9-12
16. Cory Sarich 77-3-9-12
17. Robyn Regehr 82-1-9-10
18. Brandon Prust 57-1-6-7
1. Miikka Kiprusoff 40-22-11 .913 SVP 2.55 GAA
2. Curtis McElhinney 4-4-3 .896 SVP 3.09 GAA