These ratings include fantasy rankings from ESPN.com and NHL.com and hockey pool rankings from The Hockey News.
Alex Ovechkin, Capitals (ESPN-2, NHL-1, THN-2): Last season had to be a statistical outlier for hockey’s best pure goal scorer. His 32 goals were 14 fewer than his previous low total. Washington should get back into offensive high gear now that the team solved its goaltending issue. Ovechkin scored 29 points in the final 22 games last season and he delivered 50-plus goals, 100-plus points and 50-plus PIMs in four of his five NHL seasons.
Daniel Sedin, Canucks (ESPN-1, NHL-4, THN-5): He could easily score 104 points again playing with his pass-happy brother. Two years ago he scored 85 points in his just 63 games.
Corey Perry, Ducks (ESPN-5, NHL-3, THN-10): His 50-goal season might have been a once-in-a-lifetime event. But he was also the only player score more than 65 points and earn more than 100 PIMs last season. Two years ago he delivered a 27-goal, 76-point and 111-PIM campaign.
Martin St. Louis, Lightning (ESPN-14, NHL-9, THN-9): He has to slow down at some point, right? After all, he is 36 years old. But is famously durable and his pairing with Steven Stamkos makes him an excellent bet for point-per-game production.
Zach Parise, Devils (ESPN-13, NHL-14, THN-12): He is back to full speed after playing just 13 games last season due to a knee injury. He has a 45-goal season to his credit. But it remains to be seen how New Jersey’s offense will come together under a new coach.
Ilya Kovalchuk, Devils (ESPN-19, NHL-17, THN-19): Danger! He is minus-101 in his career and as a Devil he has scored just 87 points in 108 games. Be he established himself as a elite goal scorer by burying 40 or more goals in six straight seasons.
Dany Heatley, Wild (ESPN-33, NHL-39, THN-26): His two 100-point seasons make him a perennial high pick, but how will he fare in Minnesota? He had a span of five straight seasons with 39 or more goals. He is coming off his worst NHL season and he is coming to a team lacking great firepower. His season will ride on his working relationship with Mikko Koivu.
Patrick Kane, Blackhawks (ESPN-47, NHL-26, THN-15): How will Joel Quenneville’s experiment – Kane filling the No. 2 center role – play out? Coach Q loves to shuffle lines for balance, so he tends not to produce great fantasy commodities. On the other hand, Chicago should have an awesome power play and Kane has 30-goal, 90-point skill.
Milan Lucic, Bruins (ESPN-45, NHL-50, THN-80): He broke out last season and emerged as the rare 30-goal, 100-PIM commodity with a massive plus-minus as well. Boston might be even better this season, so don’t expect backsliding.
Bobby Ryan, Ducks (ESPN-20, NHL-28, THN-37): If he stays on the top line with Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, he will be a 35-goal, 70-point threat with a nice PIM element. That was the NHL’s best unit last season. The downside appears to be 30 goals with a nice PIM element, so that’s not much of a downside.
Rick Nash, Blue Jackets (ESPN-35, NHL-27. THN-25): He has never had a great playmaker to team with in Columbus. The addition of fellow 40-goal threat Jeff Carter doesn’t change that. But Carter does make the power play more dangerous.
Jarome Iginla, Flames (ESPN-22, NHL-18, THN-33): He is entering of his career with a team lacking much firepower. He suffered a three-year decline in points, goals, power-play points and shots, prompting the team to reunite him with playmaking winger Alex Tanguay last season. But monstrous numbers are a thing of Jarome’s past.
Alexander Semin, Capitals (ESPN-34, NHL-41, THN-31): He has been all over the map in his career, highlighted by a 40-goal season featuring a plus-36 rating and 66 PIMs in 73 contests. After scaling back its offense last year, will Washington crank it back up? Will Semin see much top-line duty? Can he glean enough from the power play to have a bounce-back season?
Claude Giroux, Flyers (ESPN-37, NHL-37, THN-14): Philly is counting on him to produce after its extreme makeover. But with three of last year’s top six forwards gone, will the Flyers be able to assemble multi-line firepower? His 21 points in 23 playoff games in 2010 foreshadowed his breakout last season.
Patrick Marleau, Sharks (ESPN-36, NHL-33, THN-28): An ever better San Jose power play -- with Brent Burns offering a second hammer on the blue – should allow Marleau to do his usual damage. But can the reconfigured San Jose build two strong lines at even strength? Or we will look back on Patrick’s epic 44-goal season as a fluke?
Patrick Sharp, Blackhawks (ESPN-62, NHL-48, THN-41): Coming back from appendectomy, he could find himself playing wing on the No. 1 line. Or he could center the second line if Kane can’t handle that. Either way he is a solid 30-goal, 70-point threat.
Chris Stewart, Blues (ESPN-59, NHL-73, THN-49): After moving to St. Louis, he scored 15 goals in his final 26 games. He will play with T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund at even strength and he should flourish as the “net front” guy on the power play.
Nathan Horton, Bruins (ESPN-43, NHL-68, THN-56): He recovered from a concussion suffered in the playoffs, but that incident raised the threat of re-injury. He scored 14 goals in his last two regular season games and scored 17 points in 21 playoff games, so he is trending well.
Phil Kessel, Maple Leafs: (ESPN-63, NHL-62, THN-42): He shoots, shoots and shoots some more. That should make him a perennial 30-goal scorer with the potential to break through for 40 if the pieces around him come together.
Thomas Vanek, Sabres (ESPN-68, NHL-64, THN-48): This former 40-goal player should flourish in an extremely deep offense. Derek Roy’s return from a quadriceps tear, the arrival of Ville Leino and the development of various offensively skilled youngsters bodes well for him. Scored 32 goals last season.
Marian Gaborik, Rangers (ESPN-72, NHL-35, THN-24): He has played more than 65 games just twice in the last seven seasons. His production fell 20 goals last season. But when he does play this season, he’ll put up big numbers with newcomer Brad Richards adding the speed and playmaking ability this team sorely lacked.
Marian Hossa, Blackhawks (ESPN-53, NHL-47, THN-62): He played just 122 games the last two seasons in Chicago and scored just 49 goals. But earlier in his career he delivered three 40-goal seasons, so there is always hope for a revival.
Alexandre Burrows, Canucks (ESPN-76, NHL-67, THN-107): Solid PIM and plus-minus guy will pick up some goals, too – but his 35 goals in 2009-10 look like a fluke. His plus-34 rating and 121 PIMs were not flukes, however.
Ryane Clowe, Sharks (ESPN-103, NHL-78, THN-70): He is a solid threat to score 60 points and early 120 PIMs. As long as he can keep a spot on one of the top two lines and hold a spot in the power play, he could offer Lucic-like production.
Taylor Hall, Oilers (ESPN-118, NHL-92, THN-23): Back from an ankle injury that limited him to 65 games last season, Hall is a serious 30- to 40-goal threat. The only question is whether the breakout comes this season or next.
Loui Eriksson, Stars (ESPN-109, NHL-69, THN-46): The departure of Richards will punch a hole in the Dallas offense. His point total climbed the past three seasons. He had a 36-goal season in that span and a 46-assist season. Those are his high ends.
Johan Franzen, Red Wings (ESPN-41, NHL-59, THN-104): Goal scorer! He is the finisher in Detroit’s deep, talented lineup. He scored 10 of his 28 goals last season on the power play, which should be a good unit again this season.
Michael Cammalleri, Canadiens (ESPN-86, NHL-77, THN-73): His goal totals have plunged from 39 to 26 and 19 the past two seasons. The addition of Erik Cole gives Montreal another scoring threat, but that doesn’t help this winger. He needs a better playmaker.
Scott Hartnell, Flyers (ESPN-77, NHL-71, THN-121): This PIM monster could also put up points IF the Philly lines come together. He has been a steady 50-point, 150-PIM producer.
Martin Havlat, Sharks (ESPN-78, NHL-58, THN-47): He has finally stayed healthy, missing fewer than 10 games in each of his last three season. He is a steady producer who should offer 60-point to 80-point production in San Jose from low-scoring Minnesota.
Michael Grabner, Islanders (ESPN-88, NHL-94, THN-97): He scored 26 goals in the final 44 games to emerge as a significant scoring threat. But can he sustain that? The Islanders have a breakout offensive team, so he is a decent bet.
Simon Gagne, Kings (ESPN-126, NHL-117, THN-143): He finished well last season, scoring 27 points during a 30-game span. He had 12 points in 15 playoff games, too. His reunion with Mike Richards should be fruitful.
Alex Tanguay, Flames (ESPN-92, NHL-121, THN-78): He will get every chance to post 20/50/70 numbers playing next to Iginla, his favorite offensive cohort. If they split up, his value becomes almost nil.
Ales Hemsky, Oilers (ESPN-127, NHL-113, THN-65): He scored 64 points in 69 games over the last two seasons. When he’s healthy, he’s a point-per-game player. Edmonton’s rapidly evolving offense will guarantee his success.
Drew Stafford, Sabres (ESPN-139, NHL-158, THN-108): Can he build on his breakout 31-goal season? Sure, if he can anchor in on one of Buffalo’s scoring lines. There is ample competition for scoring jobs at even strength and on the power play.
Dustin Brown, Kings (ESPN-95, NHL-91, THN-75): He is steady, durable but unspectacular – with 60 points as his apparent ceiling. He should be a good plus-minus asset and he’ll get 50 to 60 PIMs too.
Shane Doan, Coyotes (ESPN-89, NHL-105, THN-125): This reliable power forward should be good for 50 to 70 points, depending on how the young Phoenix forwards come together. Keith Yandle’s development as a power-play quarterback helps keep him relevant.
Steve Downie, Lightning (ESPN-132, NHL-THN-144): He is the only NHL player with the potential to deliver both 40 points and 200 PIMs. His offensive chemistry with Steven Stamkos earns him some good even-strength opportunities.
Brenden Morrow, Stars (ESPN-128, NHL-99, THN-124): The departure of Brad Richards will make it difficult for Dallas to assemble two good scoring lines. He scored 33 goals and added 76 PIMs, keeping him ranked among the elite power forwards.
Jamie Benn, Stars (ESPN-142, NHL-107, THN-45): Finished well, scoring 22 points in his last 20 games. But he played with Brad Richards, who is long gone. Let’s see how the Dallas lines shake out. He scored 22 goals the year before as a rookie.
James Neal, Penguins (ESPN-83, NHL-87, THN-67): He flopped after coming to Pittsburgh, scoring once in 20 regular-season games and once in seven playoff games. But he could be 25- to 30-goal scorer if Pittsburgh regains Sidney Crosby and its offensive edge.
Teemu Selanne, Ducks (ESPN-125, NHL-89): He is 41. He has been prone to injuries. But when he plays, he still scores at a 25-goal, 60-point pace. The Anaheim power play will give him a chance to remain productive.
Jaromir Jagr, Flyers (ESPN-57, NHL-97, THN-102): He declined from 123 to 96 and 71 points with the Rangers, then headed to Russian where he was a point-per-game player in the NHL. Philly Paul Holmgren wants 45 to 65 points from him this season. That should be doable in this lineup.
Patric Hornqvist, Predators (ESPN-111, NHL-154, THN-136): He slipped from 30 goals to 21 last season, but he remains a potential power-play threat. Nashville is leaning heavily on young forward this season, so the offensive chemistry is something of a mystery.
James van Riemsdyk, Flyers (ESPN-208, NHL-93, THN-57): His seven goals in 11 playoff games convinced the team he is ascending offensive talent. That made it easier for Philly to ditch three of its top six scorers. He has 30-goal, 60-point potential.
Gabriel Landeskog, Avalanche (ESPN-84): He looks ready to score as a rookie. Colorado needs the offense, so this blue-chip prospect will get every opportunity to play with one of its two playmaking centers.
Dustin Penner, Kings (ESPN-80, NHL-103, THN-147): He figures to settle on one of the top two lines in deep LA offense. He also figures to cash in on the power play as the team’s power forward, with Ryan Smyth gone. He should rebound nicely.
Andrew Ladd, Jets (ESPN-71, NHL-100, THN-93): He graduated neatly into a scoring line role and delivered a 29-goal, 30 assist season. But can he sustain that level of success after signing a big contract to retain that role?
Jason Pominville, Sabres (ESPN-212, NHL-162, THN-86): He is four years removed from his 34-goal season and three years removed from his career-best 80 points. He should improve on his 52 points of last season with Buffalo’s offensive upgrades.
Kyle Okposo, Islanders (ESPN-186), NHL-130, THN-55): By scoring 17 points in a span of 29 games, he teased fantasy GMs with his potential. He scored 52 points in 80 games the year before. The Islanders seemed poised for an offensive breakout and he could be part of that.
Tyler Seguin, Bruins (ESPN-206,NHL-140, THN-63): After a 22-point rookie season, he could graduate into a 50- to 60-point role as a second-year player IF he can stick on the second line. He has high-end scoring potential.
Jussi Jokinen, Hurricanes (ESPN-176, NHL-161, THN-95): He fell back from a 30-goal campaign, but remains a 60-point threat as Eric Staal’s wingman. Too bad he doesn’t get credit for shootout goals.
Matt Moulson, Islanders (NHL-153, THN-100): He has had back-to-back seasons of 30 goals while playing with John Tavares. But how much of that is Moulson and how much is Tavares? What if the Isle splits these two up?
Daniel Alfredsson, Senators (ESPN-163, NHL-128, THN-165): Coming back from a back injury and a terrible statistical year – 31 points and a minus-19 rating in 54 games – as he nears 40. But he racked up 70 points or more during a decade-long span, making him one of the fantasy hockey’s most reliable performers.
Devin Setoguchi, Wild (ESPN-70, NHL-108, THN-137): Moving from San Jose guarantees him a top-6 role, perhaps even top-line duty in Minnesota. Can he get back to his old 31-goal form? He will get every chance.
Ville Leino, Sabres (ESPN-130): He gets a chance to move into a playmaking center role in Buffalo, replacing Tim Connolly. He’ll get every chance to score 20 goals and earn 40 assists.
Chris Kunitz, Penguins (ESPN-138, NHL-112, THN-131): IF Sidney Crosby plays this season and IF Kunitz can stay healthy, he could produce at a 60- to 70-point pace and pick up some PIMs.
Ray Whitney, Coyotes (ESPN-144, THN-163): He’ll have a prime role at even strength and on the power play, but the lack over proven Phoenix talent up front raises concerns about how many scoring chances he’ll get.
David Booth, Panthers (ESPN-158, NHL-155): Returned from a concussion to record a minus-31 rating. But Florida’s dramatically revamped roster sets him up for a bounce-back season. His high shots total suggest another 30-goal season is possible.
Mikael Samuelsson, Canucks (ESPN-104, NHL-131): He is a decent supporting cast scorer, more of a 20-goal scorer than a 30-goal guy. Mason Raymond’s injury assures him of a solid second-line role and some second power-play unit opportunity.
Brian Gionta, Canadiens (ESPN-140, THN-167): He still put nearly 300 shots on goal, but not enough of those shots went in. If Montreal’s disappointing offense can get back into passing gear, he could score 30 goals.
Nikloai Kulemin, Maple Leafs (ESPN-174, NHL-160, THN-89): He broke through will a 30-goal season and could build on that as Toronto finally develops some offensive continuity. He foreshadowed that breakout with 15 points in a 16-game during the previous March.
Teddy Purcell, Lightning (ESPN-103, NHL-143, THN-77): He scored 21 points in 31 games after the All-Star break, moving himself into position for second-line, second-PP work. Tampa Bay’s lack of offensive depth gives him a golden opportunity.
Martin Erat, Predators (ESPN-154, THN-129): He is as close to a “top gun” as anybody on the Nashville roster. He scored 50 points despite missing 18 games with a back injury. If the Preds come together offensively, he could rise up to 65 points.
Nathan Gerbe, Sabres (THN-90): This tiny talent scored 13 points in 19 games down the stretch. Buffalo is loaded up front, which can be a good thing or a bad thing for him – depending on where he settles in the offense.
Blake Wheeler, Jets (ESPN-133, THN-123): Can he blossom into a NHL scorer? Winnipeg will give him that chance after rescuing him from Boston’s supporting cast. Wheeler scored 45 points as a Bruins rookie, so there is hope.
Rene Bourque, Flames (ESPN-145, NHL-122, THN-145): The good news: He is a top-six forward in Calgary. The bad news: That team lacks offensive depth.
Ryan Callahan, Rangers (ESPN-201, NHL-123, THN-130): He rose to the top line last season in New York and scored 48 points in 60 games. While he has room to grow, he may have to do that on the second line and the second PP unit.
Jacob Voracek, Flyers (ESPN-204, THN-71): Can he move into the top six in Philly? If so, he will have value. If not, he will remain a sub-50-point player with minimal PIMs.
Daniel Cleary, Red Wings (ESPN-160): When healthy, he has scored at a 50- to 60-point pace. But injuries have dogged him in Motown and created opportunities for younger forwards to graduate into bigger roles.
Ryan Malone, Lightning (NHL-174, THN-160): He struggled to stay healthy last season, which cost him an opportunity to play on the second line and second PP unit. He should be a 30-goal threat with some PIMS, but he failed on both front last season.
Guillaume Latendresse, Wild (ESPN-213): He once scored 25 goals in a 55-game span after coming to Minnesota, so Wild fans hold out hope that he can return to that level. But can he stay healthy?
Ryan Smyth, Oilers (NHL-170, THN-169): He is no longer a consistent force, but he could still deliver 25 goals on an emerging offensive team. Back home in Alberta and surrounded by high-end prospects, he could turn back the clock this year.
Wayne Simmonds, Flyers (ESPN-211, THN-170): He has been quite the newsmaker during the preseason, but it has yet to be seen if he can remain a viable 40 point/100 PIM player in Philadelphia.
Mike Knuble, Capitals (ESPN-180): If Washington restarts its offense, he’ll cash in as a solid second-line, second-PP player with 25-goal skills.
Milan Hejduk, Avalanche (ESPN-192, THN-128): He topped 20 goals every year for a decade, serving as one of the more reliable fantasy forward options. Now he is in the twilight of his career, hoping for Colorado to re-emerge with help from young guns Gabriel Landeskog and Peter Mueller.
Kris Versteeg, Panthers (ESPN-216, THN-151): He has been a decent 50-point threat at earlier stops, but how will he fit into the revamped Florida offense?
Peter Mueller, Avalanche (ESPN-220, THN-158): He scored 20 points in a 15-game span for Colorado after arriving from Phoenix. But he missed all last season with post-concussion syndrome, so “buyer beware” is written all over him.
Erik Cole, Canadiens (ESPN-228, NHL-134): He is up on Montreal, trying to deal with all that pressure. The Canadiens struggled to score last season. Eric Staal isn’t by his side. He has been prone to injuries. All of this adds up to a 25-goal season at best.
Tuomo Ruutu, Hurricanes (ESPN-187, THN-120): He moved back on the radar screen with 57 points playing next to explosive rookie Jeff Skinner. Can that pairing become even more productive this season?
Sergei Kostitsyn, Predators (ESPN-190, THN-112): A change of scenery woke him up. He became a 50-point scorer in Nashville. Given the subtraction of veteran talent there, he will get a chance to sustain that level.
Evander Kane, Jets (ESPN-205, THN-81): He is a robust player, likely to rack up some PIMs. Can he become a 50-point player too? Sure.
Andrei Kostitsyn, Canadiens (ESPN-225, THN-138): There is a lot of skill here, but he has never progressed past the 50-point level in scoring. He is a useful fill-in for short spurts.
Steve Sullivan, Penguins: (ESPN-189): He appears recovered from a career-threatening back injury. IF Sidney Crosby makes a comeback and rejuvenates the Pittsburgh offense, Sullivan could be one of the forwards benefiting. He has a 60-point ceiling.
Wojtek Wolski, Rangers: (THN-178): He had 18 points during an 18-game span for Phoenix, but he got nowhere near the point-per-game level in New York. He is worth tracking as a possible waiver-wire pickup if he finds work on one of the top two Ranger lines.
Mason Raymond, Canucks (THN-157): On the mend from back surgery, he could score at a 50- to 60-point pace when he returns to action. Track him as an injury replacement player for deeper into the season.
David Perron, Blues (ESPN-175): He is unlikely to play until deep into the season due to post-concussion syndrome. He has 25-goal skills, though, so he bears watching as a waiver wire pick-up or a draft-and-stash player.
Andrew Brunette, Blackhawks: He is nearing the end of his career, but he could become a power-play specialist in a potentially high-scoring Chicago attack. He still has 25-goal hands.
Vaclav Prospal, Blue Jackets (THN-171): He scored 23 points in 29 games with the Rangers, but injuries ruined his season. Columbus signed him after Kristian Huselius suffered a serious training injury.
Justin Williams, Kings (ESPN-161, NHL-142, THN-132): If he stays healthy and earns a spot in LA’s top six, he could score 60 points. Those are big ifs.
Troy Brouwer, Capitals (THN-140): If he can fit into Washington’s top six, he could finally become fantasy factor.