These fantasy rankings are from ESPN.com and NHL.com. The THN rankings are hockey pool rankings from The Hockey News.
Dustin Byfuglien, Jets (ESPN-11, NHL-32, THN-122): Big Buff is back to the blue line, where his goal scoring and PIM potential makes him fantasy gold. His 20 goals and 347 shots on goal were both league highs among defensemen, and his 53 points were the most he's managed in the NHL.
Kris Letang, Penguins (ESPN-23, NHL-52, THN-61): He scored 40 points in the first 45 games last season, reminding folks what could happen if Pittsburgh gets its power play to full speed this season.
Keith Yandle, Coyotes:(ESPN-30, NHL-49, THN-50): His 59-point outburst -- following a solid 41-point showing -- may be difficult to match with the depletion of talent in the Valley of the Sun. But his high-end talent can’t be denied.
Dan Boyle, Sharks (ESPN-44, NHL-55, THN-180): He is a steady 50- to 60-point scorer, great on the power play. The addition of Brent Burns should make him even better this season. He averaged a team-high 26:14 per game last year, including a team-high 4:17 with the man advantage.
Lubomir Visnovsky, Ducks (ESPN-38, NHL-54, THN-103): He is coming off a career-high 68-point season for a strong offensive team and a REALLY strong power play. His plus-18 rating, 11.8 percent shooting percentage and 13 even strength goals were also career highs. He scored 15 goals the year before.
Drew Doughty, Kings (ESPN-75, NHL-46, THN-68): LA caved and gave him the money that he wanted. Now he needs do MUCH better than 40 points in 76 games. He scored 59 points the year before. The reduction was due in large part to his power-play scoring rate falling from 4.31 points per 60 minutes to just 2.57 points/60.
Mike Green, Capitals (ESPN-113, NHL-51, THN-66): Green’s 70-point efforts made him a high draft pick last year . . . and he became a massive disappointment due to injuries and other factors. The Caps offense faltered and Green suffered statistical death.
Zdeno Chara, Bruins (ESPN-16, NHL-25): Great plus-minus and solid PIM guy also puts up some PP points as well. But the NHL crackdown on hitting has forced him to reel in his game some.
Tobias Enstrom, Jets (ESPN-74, THN-98): He has 50-point skill and a tremendous power-play partner in Big Buff. The year before he scored 19 points on the power play.
Duncan Keith, Blackhawks (ESPN-90, NHL-65, THN-115): He disappointed last season,scoring 45 points with a mediocre minus-1 rating. Can he get back to 69 points? Chicago hopes so, since Brian Campbell exited in a salary dump. Last season’s step back ended a five-year span of steady improvement
Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings (ESPN-55. NHL-41, THN-177): He could still top 50 points in the twilight of his career, thanks to a scary No. 1 PP unit in Motown.
Shea Weber, Predators (ESPN-66, NHL-29, THN-164): He scored at least 16 goals three times in a span of four seasons. Nashville doesn’t have an awesome power play, but he’ll still put up the numbers.
Mark Streit, Islanders (ESPN-56, NHL-101, THN-161): He offers 60-point skill on an emerging offensive team. If his repaired shoulder holds up, he’ll be an elite weapon.
Andrei Markov, Canadiens (ESPN-81, NHL-114): He is coming back from knee surgery. When he plays, he produces – like 34 points in a 45-game span and 64 points in a 78-game stretch.
Ryan Whitney, Oilers (ESPN-98, NHL-167): Back from his high-ankle sprain, he has 50- to 60-point potential on this breakout offensive team.
Christian Ehrhoff, Sabres (ESPN-48, NHL-96): He shuffled off to Buffalo, bringing top-notch PP QB skills. He will have trouble living up to $40 million over 10 years, but fantasy GMs don’t need to worry about that.
Alex Goligoski, Stars (ESPN-60, NHL-81, THN-127): He scored 15 points in 23 games after moving over from Pittsburgh. But now he is toiling on a power-play that will dearly miss Brad Richards.
Alex Pietrangelo, Blues (ESPN-179, NHL-127. THN-175): His 43 points in 79 games last season were just a starting point. He has immediate 50- to 60-point potential.
Alexander Edler, Canucks (ESPN-91, NHL-120): He assumes an even bigger role with Ehrhoff departed as a free agent. His floor appears to be 40 points playing in Vancouver’s impressive power play.
Kevin Shattenkirk, Blues (ESPN-169, NHL-145, THN-135): He scored 11 points in his last 10 games, giving St. Louis a second PP quarterback it desperately needed. He should easily top his 43-point total from last year.
Erik Johnson, Avalanche (ESPN-164): He never met his offensive potential in St. Louis. Now he is playing for a lesser offensive team. A 60-point season is probably asking for too much, but what about 40?
Tyler Myers, Sabres (ESPN-170, NHL-141): He finished well after scoring just eight points in his firsr 27 games. Buffalo’s offensive upgrades should make him more dangerous with the man advantage. His 48-point rookie season is a good yardstick.
Brett Burns, Sharks (ESPN-116, NHL-70): He brings 15- to 20-goal potential to an already potent power play. This guy can shoot the puck and San Jose will take advantage of that.
James Wisniewski, Blue Jackets (ESPN-96, NHL-151): He will miss the first eight games of the season while suspended. That reduces the immediate value to his high-PIM, decent scoring package. He should play a big role in Columbus when he comes back.
Chris Pronger, Flyers (ESPN-115, NHL-146): Advancing age and a series of bad injuries might have trouble mustering 40 to 50 points with pretty good PIM numbers.
Brent Seabrook, Blackhawks (ESPN-122, NHL-125): He projects to be a good plus-minus asset with offensive growth potential playing next to Keith. Brian Campbell’s exit should give him more to do on the power play.
Niklas Kronwall, Red Wings (ESPN-166): The sudden retirement of Brian Rafalski will force him to assume a more robust offensive role. He is also in the walk year of his contract. He needs to prove himself ready to replace Nicklas Lidstrom as the blue line leader, too.
Jack Johnson, Kings (ESPN-135, NHL-166, THN-154): He broke out with 25 power-play assists for the talented LA squad last season. But he remains a plus-minus liability; he was minus-57 in his first 200 games.
P.K. Subban, Canadiens (ESPN-134, NHL-72, THN-142): He rolled for 38 points in 77 games last season and looked capable of doing even more. The year before his eight points in 14 playoff games foreshadowed the breakout.
Tomas Kaberle, Hurricanes (ESPN-147, NHL-156): After a so-so stint in Boston, he moves on to Carolina to play for a coach, Paul Maurice, who knows how to get the most from him. He has a shot at 50 points again.
Mark Giordano, Flames (ESPN-146, NHL-163): He finished with a flourish, reaching 43 points with his breakout season. He is capable of more offense and decent PIMs.
Joni Pitkanen, Hurricanes (ESPN-167): He rolled to 46 points in 71 games last season, albeit with a minus-11 rating. He played nearly 27 ½ minutes per game, most in the NHL last season.
Ryan Suter, Predators (ESPN-150): Shea Weber’s running mate should score 40 points this season IF Nashville assembles a decent power play. He had 39 in 70 games last season.
Dion Phaneuf, Maple Leafs (ESPN-165, NHL-116, THN-174): This former fantasy stalwart has been in decline for years. He used to be a big PIM guy with strong offensive production. Then that production dried up.
Brian Campbell, Panthers (ESPN-148): After fading as an offensive asset in Chicago, he is expected to play quarterback in Florida for that rebuilt team. He still has 50-point skill.
Michael Del Zotto, Rangers (ESPN-199): He is a major offensive talent still trying to learn the defensive side. His 37 rookie points is just the starting point for a team with a higher octane offense.
Cam Fowler, Ducks (ESPN-180): He scored 40 points as a rookie, but with a minus-25 rating. Can he clean up the latter stat while maintaining the former during his second pro season?
Erik Karlsson, Senators (ESPN-168) NHL-118, THN-85): His simple HAS to be better than minus-30 this year, right? If so, his 50-point talent will make him very attractive on a team trying to bounce back from a disastrous season.
John-Michael Liles, Maple Leafs (ESPN-112, NHL-124): Toronto will trumpet his addition by using him extensively in a No. 1 power-play unit that shouldn’t be bad.
Marek Zidlicky, Wild: (ESPN-136): He is a plus-minute liability and a casualty waiting to happen. But he also has high-end skill and Minnesota needs him to anchor the first power-play unit. He should play at a 40-point pace.
Dmitry Kulikov, Panthers (ESPN-181): He has 40-point skill and newly refurbished offense to operate in. He and Campbell should make an outstanding PP pairing.
Kevin Bieksa, Canucks (ESPN-193): This PIM threat should carry a bigger offensive role with Ehrhoff gone. His big contract assures him a major role.
Sergei Gonchar, Senators (ESPN-114, NHL-119): He is old, injury-prone and a major plus-minus liability. But he also has 60-point skills. He scored 259 points in 322 games in Pittsburgh. Can he turn back the clock?
Jay Bouwmeester, Flames (ESPN-198): He plays a lot of minutes, but his offense has slipped plenty since his Florida days. Can he bounce back or has he settled in as a second-tier performer?
Sheldon Souray, Stars (ESPN-183): The once-might power play hammer is attempting to make a NHL comeback. He is a PIM/goal-scoring beast when healthy and motivated.
John Carlson, Capitals (ESPN-219 NHL-148, THN-126): Roman Hamrlik’s arrival and Mike Greene’s revival could limit his offensive growth this season. On the other hand, Washington’s planned offensive resurgence could boost his numbers.
Joe Corvo, Bruins (ESPN-221, NHL-164): He scored 78 points in his last two healthy seasons. Now he joins the very potent Boston squad, where he can top the 22 PP points he earned in Carolina a couple years back.
Andy Greene, Devils (ESPN-217): He is the most offensive defenseman on his team, so he can do better than 23 points. But can he ever approach 40 again?
Marc-Andre Bergeron (ESPN-195): Strictly a PP specialist, he could return to the form that saw him score 34 points in 60 games in Montreal.
Kimmo Timonen, Flyers (ESPN-149): The rebuild Philly teams needs to reassemble a power play. Kimmo will be part of it, but his offense has been in steady decline.
Marc Staal, Rangers (ESPN-184): He showed signs of becoming a major offensive weapon, but can he get there – and is his lingering something to fret about?
Dennis Seidenberg, Bruins: (ESPN-191): He is a handy guy, playing with Chara at even strength and logging some PP time as well. On a very strong team he could accumulate 30 to 40 points.
Roman Hamrlik, Capitals. (ESPN-182): Coming to the explosive Capitals could vault him closer to the 40-point mark IF he holds up as Mike Greene’s partner.
Jamie McBain, Hurricanes (ESPN-214): He reached the 30-point level in his first full NHL season and figures to earn at lease some second PP unit time again this season.
Ian White, Red Wings (ESPN-223): He has approached 40 points before in his career and could do thar against with this powerful team.
Paul Martin, Penguins: His underwhelming 24-point debut in Pittsburgh and his famously low PIM totals makes him a suspect fantasy commodity.
Fedor Tytutin, Blue Jackets (ESPN-226): He has averaged 30 points when healthy and Columbus is threatening to be more offensive this season.
Stephane Robidas, Stars: A former 41-point performer appears to be on the decline in Dallas. He spent one year as the PP QB by default.
Travis Harmonic (ESPN-223): He scored 18 points and earned 78 PIMs from February on last season.
Ryan Ellis, Predators: This extremely high-end offensive defensive prospect might or might not make an impact this season. Put him on your radar screen.
Zach Bogosian, Jets: He has 40-point potential, but he needs to bounce back from a difficult season. Big Buff’s presence eases the pressure but limits his statistical growth. He produced just 40 points and a minus-45 over the past two seasons.
Ed Jovanovski, Panthers: The Jovocop got a nice retirement package to finish his career in South Florida. Can he rebuild his point and PIM totals?
Dennis Wideman, Capitals: He is a perennial plus-minute liability, but his free-wheeling style could pay off in Washington this season.
Kurtis Foster, Ducks: Coming off a dismal 22-point season in Edmonton, he could turn back the clock to his 40-point days in Tampa Bay if healthy.