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 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
Patrick Sharp-Jonathan Toews-Marian Hossa
Andrew Ladd-David Bolland-Patrick Kane
Kris Versteeg-John Madden-Dustin Byfuglien
Ben Eager-Tomas Kopecky-Troy Brouwer
Duncan Keith-Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson-Brian Campbell
Brent Sopel-Cam Barker
Sure Bet: Jonathan Toews
Would have scored 40 goals last year if not for his extremely slow start. I have a feeling that Toews will break out this year with over a point per game.
Dark Horse: David Bolland
A former junior star with the London Knights of the OHL, Bolland had a break through season last year with 47 points and he is definitely on the way up.
2009-10 Scoring Projections
1. Jonathan Toews 81-40-46-86
2. Patrick Kane 82-29-53-82
3. Patrick Sharp 78-32-32-64
4. David Bolland 80-25-35-60
5. Marian Hossa 57-22-33-55
6. Brian Campbell 82-9-43-52
7. Cam Barker 76-7-40-47
8. Duncan Keith 81-10-35-45
9. Kris Versteeg 78-20-20-40
10. Andrew Ladd 80-15-25-40
11. Dustin Byfuglien 76-17-19-36
12. Brent Seabrook 82-9-23-32
13. Troy Brouwer 70-12-15-27
14. John Madden 76-6-19-25
15. Ben Eager 71-8-8-16
16. Niklas Hjalmarsson 78-1-9-10
17. Tomas Kopecky 69-3-6-9
18. Brent Sopel 61-2-7-9
1. Cristobal Huet 36-19-7 .917 SVP 2.39 GAA
2. Corey Crawford 11-6-3 .905 SVP 2.58 GAA