2018 Outlook: Getzlaf dominated down the stretch and into the playoffs with 15 goals and 54 points through his final 42 games of the campaign, including the postseason. He's now averaged 73 points per season over the past four years and remains a go-to scorer with a reliable fantasy floor in all fantasy settings. However, his long-term value and on-ice play is definitely trending in the wrong direction. The Anaheim captain has scored just 23 goals over the past two years, and his 1.86 shots per game are hardly moving the needle. Getzlaf also posted his lowest Shot Attempts (SAT) percentage (49.9) in five years last season and began just 47.8 percentage of his five-on-five shifts in the offensive zone. He continues to contribute in the PIM column, but entering his age-32 campaign, slight offensive decline wouldn't be surprising from Getzlaf.
2018 Outlook: Shattenkirk and the Rangers are a match made in heaven. The New York native is the perfect fit to fill a hole the team has had since Brian Leetch left: power play quarterback. While the Rangers have trotted out skilled passers like Keith Yandle and Dan Boyle in that role in recent years, they haven't possessed the booming shot that has allowed Shattenkirk to rack up 25 goals and 104 points with the extra man over the past four seasons. Assuming he skates on the top pairing with two-way stud captain Ryan McDonagh as expected, the 28-year-old defenseman could challenge his career-high rating of plus-20 and is basically a lock to top 40 points for the fifth consecutive campaign.
2018 Outlook: Atkinson's goal total has risen in each of his first six NHL campaigns, climbing to 35 last year. The winger has also fired over 200 shots in each of his first four full seasons and is coming off a career-best plus-13 rating for a Columbus team that made the leap into the league's elite. There's reason to believe Atkinson's growth will slow this year, however, as the addition of Artemi Panarin could hamper his power play production. Both players occupy the same one-timer friendly spot at the top of the left faceoff circle, but the Russian could get priority thanks to his slight 17-14 advantage in power play goals since entering the league two years ago. Atkinson is not as reliant on scoring with the extra man as most other snipers, but moving to a new position (or the second unit) won't do his value any favors.
2018 Outlook: The training wheels finally came off Drouin in his final season with the Lightning, as injuries forced the 2013 third-overall pick into an expanded role. He showed his defensive deficiencies with a minus-13 rating, but also piled up a respectable 53 points in 73 games, including 26 with the extra man. While that production earned the 22-year-old winger a six-year deal with the Canadiens this offseason, coach Claude Julien's treatment of skilled but defensively irresponsible center Alex Galchenyuk suggests Drouin isn't guaranteed a top-six role despite the team's heavy investment in him. Most of his value will come on the power play, where Drouin's offensive skill and flexibility should make him yet another strong piece on a talented top unit.
2018 Outlook: Giroux fell short of 20 goals and 65 points for the first time last year since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, and his goals and points totals have now declined in three straight seasons. Most concerning, Giroux's 0.94 points per 60 minutes at five-on-five was the second-lowest mark in the league among all forwards with at least 1,000 minutes. However, he salvaged last season with 31 power play points, and there's no reason to expect his production with the man advantage to dip significantly. Still, without a significant rebound in even-strength scoring, Giroux will be hard-pressed to return to being a go-to scorer. There should be modest statistical correction ahead of his 5.3 shooting percentage at five-on-five, so Giroux is one of the more likely fallen stars to fulfill his bounce-back candidacy in 2017-18.
2018 Outlook: Stamkos is still recovering from a mid-November knee injury, but he will reportedly be ready for the upcoming season. The Bolts' captain poured in nine goals and 11 assists in his first — and only — 17 games last year before being shelved, so there's optimism surrounding the 27-year-old and his ability to get back to his high-scoring ways (64 and 72 points in his last two campaigns). Also, though Stammer is still young and talented enough to bounce back, there's legitimate concern related to his multiple serious injuries (broken leg, blood clot, torn meniscus) and the toll, both mentally and physically, they've taken on him. The good news is that the Lightning have no shortage of talented young players with Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson, Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat, so No. 91 should be able to slide back into a top-six role and pay fantasy dividends.
2018 Outlook: Allen excelled after Mike Yeo replaced Ken Hitchcock as head coach on Feb. 1, going 16-7-2 with a 1.85 GAA and .938 save percentage in the regular season before leading the team to a competitive second-round exit thanks to a 1.96 GAA and .935 save percentage in 11 playoff appearances. Yeo's defense-first mindset should once again lead to success for the netminder with two first names, who now has a year of experience as a full-time starter under his belt. St. Louis lacks the firepower to push Allen into elite territory record-wise, but an unquestioned No. 1 option with excellent peripherals on a playoff contender is nothing to scoff at.
2018 Outlook: The Predators sure know how to groom elite talents on the blue line, as Josi has developed into the same type of two-way force as Ryan Suter and Shea Weber before him. Weber's departure prior to last season didn't have a negative impact on the Swiss defenseman, who sports averages of 14 goals and 51 points over his past four campaigns. He's also finished as the team ice-time leader in three consecutive seasons while averaging north of 200 shots per year in that stretch. Between his own capabilities and the strong supporting cast around him, Josi has everything he needs to maintain his status as one of the game's top defensemen.
2018 Outlook: Kadri turned in a monster cross-category showing with career highs in goals (32), points (61) and PIM (95) last season. However, it could be difficult to stave off a decline in scoring in 2017-18. Auston Matthews is poised to take on a larger offensive role, and Kadri should continue to match up against the opposition's top players. Kadri also isn't going repeat his 31.6 shooting percentage with the man advantage. However, he was one of just six players to record 25 goals, 40 points, 75 PIM and 150 shots last season, so his ability to move the needle across multiple categories makes him a valuable commodity. As long as expectations are kept in check for his offensive output, Kadri projects to turn in another solid fantasy campaign.
2018 Outlook: An Achilles injury limited Huberdeau to 31 games last year, but the 2011 third overall pick contributed at an excellent rate after returning with 10 goals and 16 assists. That pace would be good enough for 69 points over an 82-game season, while his 86 shots on goal in that stretch translate to 227 over a full campaign. Both of those marks would blow Huberdeau's 2015-16 career bests of 59 and 174, respectively, out of the water, but it's not hard to believe that the 24-year-old's game has actually progressed to that point. While he seems to get dinged up a lot, Huberdeau looks primed for a career year if he can stay healthy.
2018 Outlook: Voracek will go through extended scoring droughts every now and again, but his overall offensive arsenal is still among the best in the business. The Czech winger has racked up no fewer than 23 power play points in each of the past four seasons while averaging 19 goals and 46 assists over that span. While Voracek's chemistry with Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds should once again give Philadelphia one of the league's most potent units with the extra man, questions about the team's defense make him a rating risk coming off a career-worst minus-24.
2018 Outlook: Letang is one of the league's best offensive defensemen when healthy, but he's missed 154 of 458 regular season games over the past six seasons. His presence takes an already deadly Pittsburgh power play to another level, as the Montreal native has 82-game averages of 27 power play points and 65 points overall since breaking out back in 2010-11. Letang's combination of inability to stay in the lineup, productivity when healthy and role in a stacked lineup that just won a championship without him makes him the Rob Gronkowski of hockey. And just like with Gronk, those who gamble on Letang on draft day better have a replacement on hand for when he inevitably goes down.
2018 Outlook: Barkov has yet to play a full NHL season due to a variety of bad-luck injury issues, justifiably stunting his fantasy value. However, his per-game point production of 0.87 over the last two seasons (111 in 127 games) indicates that the young Finn is a budding superstar ready to take another leap forward in his development. Barkov was able to avoid surgery for a back issue and projects to be healthy for the start of 2017-18, so savvy fantasy owners would be wise to snatch him up in drafts sooner rather than later — perhaps even in conjunction with linemate Jonathan Huberdeau, who's primed for a breakout of his own after putting up 26 points in 31 games last year.
2018 Outlook: It's amazing to look back to last summer and remember that Marner was never considered a lock to stick in the NHL for the entirety of the 2016-17 campaign. Fast forward a year, and the 20-year-old winger is coming off a 61-point rookie season and has already established himself as one of the best young players in the league. Marner was an elite scorer at the junior level, and he showed exceptional playmaking upside last season. He was also especially dangerous up a man with 21 power play points, and his 6.76 points per 60 minutes with the man advantage is an elite mark. There is a lot of hype surrounding the Maple Leafs, and topping last season's 61 points isn't a lock. However, Marner's long-term fantasy value is trending straight up, and he offers a high floor because of his offensive gifts and attachment to a high-scoring team.
2018 Outlook: Ristolainen doesn't get much attention playing in Buffalo, but the soon-to-be 23-year-old has evolved into one of the best young defensemen in the league. The hulking 6-foot-4, 203-pounder packs a punch on the power play, having topped 20 points with the extra man in consecutive campaigns. He's also developing a mean streak, as last season's 58 PIM marked a career high. Rating is still a weak point for Ristolainen on a Sabres team that hasn't exactly been competitive over the past few years, but he's coming off a career-best minus-9 finish and should improve further as the young core around him takes another step forward.