2018 Outlook: Carter is one of just 10 skaters to post at least 20 goals, 50 points and 200 shots in each of the past four seasons. That level of consistency should never be overlooked, and he's also coming off his best showing (32 goals and 66 points) since his final year with the Flyers in 2010-11. The 32-year-old veteran hasn't shown any signs of slowing down offensively and still owns the skating ability, size and scoring touch to continue providing solid numbers. Carter is also locked into a go-to offensive role with the Kings, so everything is in line for another rock-solid season in 2017-18.
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: 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: 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: A model of consistency, O'Reilly has averaged 21.5 goals and 58.4 points over the past four seasons. While he benefits from logging huge minutes (over 21 per game in the past two seasons), his hefty workload typically also includes nightly matchups against the opposition's top scorers. As a result, his fantasy ceiling is capped. Additionally, O'Reilly offers little in the supporting categories, recording just 10 PIM and 21 hits last year. Still, he offers a high floor and is attached to Buffalo's excellent power play. The 26-year-old is also still in his prime and should benefit from the Sabres adding more talent on the wings during the offseason. It's worth noting that he's improved significantly at the faceoff dot, so his value climbs in formats that include faceoff wins.
2018 Outlook: Granlund caught fire in early December and stayed hot through the end of the season, contributing 55 points in his final 57 appearances. The 25-year-old center doubled his previous career high of 13 goals, riding a 14.7 percent shooting percentage that put his previous best of 8.1 percent to shame. Before you write off Granlund's success as the product of shooting luck, it's important to note that both his goal total and shooting percentage have been on a steadily rising trajectory throughout his career. The Finnish center doesn't take many trips to the sin bin, but he can be counted upon for a strong rating after posting at least a plus-17 mark in two of the last three seasons.
2018 Outlook: Radulov's 19-goal, 54-point showing was a bit of a letdown, as the talented winger owns the offensive upside to cruise past those marks. However, a closer look at his season highlights a 30-game stretch where Radulov recorded just five goals and 16 points. During his slump, the Canadiens as a team scored just 2.08 goals per 60 minutes, which was the third lowest total in the league. With that in mind, Radulov's midseason struggles were likely more connected to Montreal's scoring woes as a team than his own play. Looking ahead to 2017-18, signing with the high-powered Stars should be a smashing success for Radulov. Regardless of linemates, the 31-year-old winger should build on last season's numbers, but the potential of Radulov lining up with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn shouldn't be ignored.
2018 Outlook: Not only did Silfverberg post a career-high 23 goals and 49 points, he followed it up with 14 more points through 17 playoff games. However, despite the Swede's excellent shot and hockey IQ, his offensive upside is capped because of his deployment in a shutdown role. Silfverberg consistently matches up against the opposition's top scorers, and he started 62.6 percent of his five-on-five shifts in his own zone last year. Still, he logged the most minutes of his career last season (18:29) and is still in the heart of his offensive prime. Because of his defense-first role at even strength, it might be difficult for Silfverberg to significantly build on last season's breakout, but he's still a solid target with modest upside.
2018 Outlook: A confident power winger from Switzerland, Niederreiter sprinkled career highs across the board for the Wild in 2016-17. His scoring drive resulted in 25 goals and 32 assists, and those numbers were supplemented by a plus-17 rating and 14 points on the man advantage. General manager Chuck Fletcher believes in El Nino, as evidenced by his bestowing a five-year, $26.25 million contract extension upon the alliterative one in the offseason. While he doesn't garner heavy playing time -- 14:07 of average ice time through six years of NHL service time, including his first two with the Islanders -- Niederreiter compensates by carefully picking his spots on the ice and fooling goalies with a snappy release. Look for the consistent flanker to emerge on the top line with heady veterans Zach Parise and Eric Staal in 2017-18.
2018 Outlook: What Zuccarello lacks in size, he makes up for in skill and vision, which has allowed the 5-foot-7, 179-pound winger to average 57 points per season over the past four. All signs point to him continuing that success this year, as Zuccarello will once again skate in a top-six role while working with the top power play unit. He finished two points shy of his career-high 61 last year despite underperforming his career 10.9 percent shooting percentage by three percent, so the Norwegian could end up topping that mark if a few more bounces go his way.
2018 Outlook: It was an impressive debut for Aho, as the rookie collected 24 goals, 49 points and 214 shots while playing all 82 games for the Hurricanes. He recorded 17 power play points while averaging 2:13 per game with the man advantage. Additionally, it's especially encouraging that he finished the season with six goals, 14 points and 53 shots through his final 19 games of the season. Aho already boasts high-end offensive vision, and his willingness to shoot was encouraging as a freshman considering he was always labelled as more of a playmaker. The Hurricanes have an excellent stable of young talents, and Aho is a key piece in their top-six mix. He might not show significant offensive improvement in his second year, but his long-term upside remains extremely high.
2018 Outlook: One of Pittsburgh's myriad of weapons, Hornqvist has lit the lamp over 20 times in seven of the past eight seasons. His net-front presence makes the veteran Swede a strong complement to either of the team's two elite centers, especially on the power play. The former Predator has averaged 16 points with the extra man in his three years with the Penguins while taking advantage of all the possession and open ice his teammates create by finishing with at least 220 shots and a plus-12 rating in each of those three campaigns. He's managed that production despite twice missing double-digit games, so 20 goals, 220 shots and a plus-12 rating look like the absolute floor for a healthy Hornqvist.
2018 Outlook: Palmieri's assist totals have been depressed due to New Jersey's lack of a No. 1 center to put between him and Taylor Hall, but the former Ducks winger has made do with 56 goals over the past two seasons -- including 19 on the power play. His plus-2 rating on last year's cellar-dwelling Devils team shows that Palmieri's defensively responsible, and he could finally have the right situation to take his all-around game to the next level with No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier expected to fill the team's skill gap down the middle. If the Hall-Hischier-Palmieri line clicks, eclipsing his previous highs of 27 helpers and 57 points should be a breeze for the 26-year-old New York native.