2017 Outlook: The Predators saw what everyone else witnessed -- a star in the making -- and rewarded the winger as such, locking him up for six years as one of their franchise cornerstones. The 22-year-old is no fluke, as he has played in 82 games for two straight seasons and notched 63 and 64 points, respectively. Forsberg is blossoming before the eyes of dynasty owners, and demands a ton of attention in re-draft leagues. The 2012 No. 11 overall pick by Washington plays on the top line next to Ryan Johansen and James Neal, which has become one of the most dangerous lines in the league. Highlight-reel plays are essentially second-nature at this point for Forsberg, and he still has a ton of room for growth as one of the game's most exciting young offensive forces. With that in mind, don't be shy to pull the trigger on the Swede and make him your top right winger coming into 2016-17.
2017 Outlook: After a fantastic season in the Music City, Neal is poised to not only repeat but exceed his totals in 2016-17. The winger notched 31 goals, 27 assists and a career-high (and spectacular) plus-27 rating, skating in all 82 contests. Aggressiveness was the name of the game, as the 28-year-old launched 268 shots on goal and converted on 11.6 percent of them. If Neal was grabbed in dynasty leagues, owners have to be excited about his prospects moving forward alongside disher Ryan Johansen and scoring machine Filip Forsberg. There's plenty to go around in Nashville, and with the addition of P.K. Subban as a new offensive threat from the blue line, Neal should continue to find his way onto the score sheet often.
2017 Outlook: After exploding for a career-high 81 points the previous season, Voracek took a significant step back in 2015-16. The Czech forward netted only 11 goals -- his lowest total since his rookie campaign with Columbus in 2008-09. While Voracek did manage 55 points, he wasn't playing with the same dominance and passion that we saw in the previous season. We wouldn't be too worried, however, as Voracek just turned 27 and is still in the prime of his career; he's a top-six forward who has the skill to have a bounce-back campaign. Philadelphia didn't make any huge improvements in the offseason, so don't expect a massive leap, but Voracek is sure to improve on the single power-play goal and 10 even-strength markers he netted last season. The 6-foot-2 winger is way better than what we saw during 2015-16, so look for him to come out firing.
2017 Outlook: The second overall pick in the 2015 draft, Eichel lit the lamp an impressive 24 times as a rookie last season. Blessed with an incredible release on his wrist shot and a powerful stride, Eichel finished with 238 shots on net, 25th among the league's forwards, a testament to his ability to consistently find offensive opportunities despite playing on one of the league's weakest offensive teams. He's one of those rare volume shooters who can be extraordinarily efficient, making good on 10.1 percent of shots, a better clip than guys like Taylor Hall and Nathan MacKinnon in 2015-16. He showed exceptional chemistry with Sam Reinhart last season, and newly signed Kyle Okposo might get some time with Eichel this season as well. The fear with Eichel, like many other young talented players, is that he might succumb to the dreaded sophomore slump, but the Sabres can mitigate that by insulating him with Ryan O'Reilly handling the tougher assignments. Furthermore, Eichel led all Sabres forwards in even-strength points with 29, and should be a 40-goal scorer before long.
2017 Outlook: Kesler is fresh off his second straight campaign of 20-plus goals with the Ducks, effectively taking pressure away from a top line that has carried the team for years. A big second-line pivot with a mean streak, Kesler's value to Anaheim is best exemplified by his productivity during the past two playoff runs where he contributed 11 goals, six assists and 24 penalty minutes in 23 games. With big guns like Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry terrorizing opponents on the rush, Kesler has been able to maximize his defensive efforts, which is exactly what you'd expect from a former Selke Trophy winner (2011). Overall, Kesler is the definition of a complete player, and one to look to after the league's top fantasy centers have been drafted.
2017 Outlook: Huberdeau will miss the first half or more of the season with a "lower body injury." He had his best season as a pro in 2015-16, setting career highs in goals (20), assists (39) and shots on goal (174) while maintaining an impressive plus-17 rating in 76 games. The 23-year-old winger spent the majority of the 2015-16 campaign skating on the Panthers' top line and No. 1 power-play unit alongside Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr, a role to which he might return in 2016-17 once he returns to action.
2017 Outlook: Perhaps playing under head coach Darryl Sutter and watching Anze Kopitar is rubbing off, because Carter is a physical force at both ends of the ice. A well-known goal scorer who uses his size very effectively, Carter has scored at least 20 goals per season since 2007-08. His goal totals would be much higher if he had the green light to pull the trigger as often as he did with Philadelphia, but with 242 shots in 2015-16, he still managed to finish 22nd in the league. He also never has finished a season with a negative plus-minus rating since becoming a King. The 31-year-old is reaching a point in his career where brute strength might not be enough to beat opponents anymore, so instead he now plays a very controlled two-way game that has seen him morph into the team's de facto No. 2 center the past two seasons. One note of caution: the veteran pivot was forced to withdraw from the World Cup of Hockey because of a lower-body injury, and might get off to a late start to the new season.
2017 Outlook: With one season as a Capital under his belt, Oshie is one of the more intriguing options coming into 2016-17. The 29-year-old notched a career-high 26 goals, 25 assists and a plus-16 rating next to Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, one of the top lines in the NHL. It doesn't appear that Oshie will have any issue cracking the 50-point barrier again given the explosive lineup surrounding him. With that in mind, it might even be time to consider that he could notch 60. On any other team, it might not be possible, but Washington gives the veteran a very real chance of setting another career high in the upcoming campaign, so don't feel terrible about slightly reaching for Oshie if necessary come draft day.
2017 Outlook: For the first time in 11 years, Backes finds himself on a team other than the Blues. He'll now don the black and gold, having inked a five-year, $30 million contract with Boston this summer. A proven leader and force on the man advantage, look for the rugged Backes to fit in nicely with the Bruins. Backes has scored 206 goals to complement 254 helpers over the span of 727 career games, and uses his 6-foot-3, 221-pound frame to fight for pucks and clear scoring lanes. While it has been half a decade since he eclipsed the 30-goal mark, Backes' tremendous on-ice vision always leads to a copious amount of assists. It's not clear where the Minnesota native will line up this season, but he's capable of playing at center or on the wing, giving the B's plenty of options. Early projections have Backes centering the third line with Frank Vatrano and Ryan Spooner, a pair of youngsters carrying much more upside than most third-line casts. Backes won't be as prominently featured with Boston as he was in St. Louis but should serve as a quality fantasy forward in 2016-17.
2017 Outlook: The son of a former high-profile NHLer, Domi certainly had an advantage of not being wide-eyed in wonderment during a fantastic debut season that saw him accumulate 18 goals and 34 assists in 81 games -- his 52 points landing him third in rookie scoring behind Artemi Panarin and Jack Eichel. He put 156 shots on goal and played an average of more than 16 minutes per game along with being prominently featured in shootout and overtime scenarios, indicative of his quick rise and importance to the Arizona offense. Domi almost immediately took on a top-six role along with regular time on the club's power-play unit, where he chipped in three goals. Heading into 2016-17, he should have no issue building upon the success of last season as he continues to come into his own at the NHL level and the team around him further develops. Furthermore, if he can throw more rubber on net this season and up his SOG total, Domi should be a shoo-in to join the 20-goal club.
2017 Outlook: The stars are aligning for Stone to have a great season. The 24-year-old has not been a pushover by any means, securing 60-plus points in two straight seasons and scoring at a noteworthy and effective rate (16.6 and 15.2 shooting percentage, respectively). However, if the right winger skated in all 82 contests last season, he would have easily surpassed his career-high 64 points and might have pushed for 70. The 24-year-old had 23 tallies, 38 assists and 151 shots on goal in a massive 20-plus minutes of ice time per contest, with five markers and 10 helpers coming on the man advantage. With new coach Guy Boucher focusing on improving the Sens' power-play efficiency, Stone is poised to benefit immediately as a key cog on the top unit that features superstar blueliner Erik Karlsson. Stone is more than capable of 30-plus goals, especially if he ups his shot count after consistently reaching 150 in the past two campaigns; make sure you don't sleep on him too long in drafts this fall.
2017 Outlook: In what was a head-scratcher of a move, Hall was sent off to New Jersey in exchange for defenseman Adam Larsson this past summer. The 24-year-old might not have reached 80 points in 2015-16, but he scored 26 times and added 39 assists, topping the team by a long shot. Now with an unexpected fresh start, the 2010 first-overall pick instantly becomes the Devils' best skater, so he'll have no shortage of pressure to perform given the lofty expectations on a team that was dead last in scoring last season. As Hall gets more comfortable next to Adam Henrique and Kyle Palmieri on the top line, he should be just fine in the less physical Eastern Conference, but only if he can stay healthy. Hall has played in more than 65 games in a season only twice in his six-year career but did suit up for all 82 contests with the Oilers in 2015-16, so there's hope. Regardless, there's a ton of upside here, and if others shy away because of New Jersey's lackluster reputation, don't hesitate to pounce.
2017 Outlook: Having posted back-to-back 21-goal seasons, Kreider has established himself as an intimidating power forward who can be counted on to find the back of the net and provide solid secondary scoring for the Rangers. The 25-year-old is a solid fantasy asset because he racks up respectable PIM totals and sees time on the power play, where he's collected 12 of his goals over the last two seasons. While he isn't ridiculously skilled or gifted, Kreider isn't afraid to go to the dirty areas and uses his 6-foot-3 frame to his advantage. He could start the season on the top line with playmaker Derek Stepan, which would positively impact his fantasy value. After back-to-back 40-plus point campaigns, it's hard to see Kreider taking a big step forward in terms of point production, but he's a solid goal scorer who should continue to light it up on a talented Rangers team.
2017 Outlook: Monahan secured a seven-year, $44.1 million contract extension with the Flames in August, making him the team's highest-paid forward at the tender age of 21. First-line companion Johnny Gaudreau may end up with an even fatter wallet as a restricted free agent seeking a renewed deal of his own, as the team will likely do everything in its power to keep this duo intact for the 2016-17 campaign. Monahan should be money for fantasy owners in any format this season. The Ontario native already has a 31-goal campaign under his belt (2014-15), along with 125 points, including 39 on the power play, over the last two seasons. Few players in the league have risen to prominence as quickly as Monahan, who was Calgary's sixth-overall pick in 2016, and it's scary to think what he could do with more experience. Don't hesitate to draft him as your No. 1 fantasy center.
2017 Outlook: Palmieri emerged as a lethal goal scorer in his first season with New Jersey, breaking out for 30 goals and 57 points in his first full 82-game season. The 25-year-old had racked up 14 goals in each of his previous two campaigns back in Anaheim but transformed into a different player with top-line minutes and top-unit power-play time on an underwhelming New Jersey squad. With the Devils on the rise, Palmieri is a very intriguing fantasy option entering 2016-17. The offseason acquisition of Taylor Hall gives Palmieri a very dynamic and versatile offensive weapon to play with at even strength and on the power play, making another 50-plus point campaign very likely. Palmieri is a lethal sniper with a very accurate shot, so given the fact he piled on 11 power-play goals and fired 222 shots on goal last season, there's no need to be afraid of Palmieri regressing after an impressive breakout season.