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
Wojtek Wolski-Paul Stastny-Milan Hejduk
T.J Galiardi-Matt Duchene-David Jones
Cody McLeod-T.J Hensick-Marek Svatos
Darcy Tucker-Ryan Stoa-Chris Stewart
Kyle Quincey-Adam Foote
John Michael Liles-Scott Hannan
Brett Clark-Ruslan Salei
Sure Bet: Paul Stastny
Managing 36 points in 45 games last season, Stastny is back to full health this season and I think he will eclipse his career high in points.
Dark Horse: Wojtek Wolski
Wolski's point production has slipped in each of his first three NHL seasons, but he is only 23 years old and he has the offensive ability to produce much more then he has been lately.
2009-10 Scoring Projections
1. Paul Stastny 77-31-54-85
2. Wojtek Wolski 80-22-38-60
3. Milan Hejduk 82-28-30-58
4. Matt Duchene 76-17-24-41
5. John-Michael Liles 78-9-30-39
6. Marek Svatos 76-21-17-38
7. TJ Hensick 72-12-20-32
8. David Jones 80-12-19-31
9. Kyle Quincey 78-7-22-29
10. Ruslan Salei 82-6-18-24
11. TJ Galiardi 76-9-12-21
12. Chris Stewart 64-10-10-20
13. Cody McLeod 77-12-7-19
14. Brett Clark 81-4-14-18
15. Darcy Tucker 60-5-12-17
16. Adam Foote 66-3-11-14
17. Ryan Stoa 61-6-7-13
18. Scott Hannan 73-1-7-8
1. Craig Anderson 27-26-6 .914 SVP 2.76 GAA
2. Peter Budaj 7-13-3 .896 SVP 2.90 GAA