Darkhorses Part 2
Ok, may people commented on part 1. I see know that I should of worded it a little different. As for the players I mentioned who were not “darkhorses” I meant that they would have immensely better seasons than in previous years. Theodore would be elevated to the best goalie in the league, he was good last year but not the best. One comment said Modano had 77 pts last year and said how can he have a breakout year? 77 pts? That is not a good year for Modano. That is an average year. Im talking in the 100 pt range. Well anyhow here is part 2…..Nashville: Mark Eaton, David Legwand
Eaton had a year noone expected last year and this year will be the same, he is pretty much the blueline for the preds. Legwand is the best player on the team bar none. This year should be a breakout year pts wise for him.
New Jersey: Scott Gomez, Brian Rafalski
Gomez will once again return to the form he was at in his rookie season. Rafalski will be one of the leaders in pts in the d-men category this year.
NYI: Jason Blake, Shawn Bates.
Blake will emerge to be a 20-25 goal scorer this season. He is an amazing skater and will prove he can score this year. Bates had his best NHL season last year scoring 17 goals. I see him having an even better season, now that he will see more time that Czerkawski is gone. I see Bates scoring 30 goals easily.
NYR: Dan Blackburn, Radek Dvorak
Blackburn had great season last year. But this year he will be even better. Look for Mike Richter to be watching from the bench alot this year. Dvorak can score every knows this. But everyone thinks he can only score when paired with his czech mates. This year he will prove otherwise. Dvorak will score 40 this year.
Ottawa: Chris Phillips, Jani Hurme
Phillips will do what everyone expected him to when he was first drafted by the sens. Him and redden will make a solid 1-2 punch on the blueline. Hurme despite Lalime playing well last year, Hurme will suprise everyone and outplay Lalime for the starting job.
Philadelphia: Justin Williams, Eric Desjardins
Williams continues to get better every year. this year look for Justin to improve again this time as a 30 goal scorer. Desjardins had a terrible year last year. But I got a chance to look at him at the skate zone a last week. He is working extremely hard and looks to have his best season yet looming ahead.
Phoenix: Ossi Vaananen, Daniel Briere
Vaananen is a more physical Janne Niinamaa with a bigger upside. Just what phoenix needs. Briere scored 30 goals last year. Look for more where that came from this year.
Pittsburgh: Alexey Morosov, Kris Beech
Morosov will finally fulfill his potential this year. He will be great playing will Kovalev and hopefully Straka if he returns on time to start the season. Beech has the most upside on the roster and this year will show his great improvement for the previous year.
San Jose: Brad Stuart, Matt Bradley
Stuart has great potential to be a top defenseman in this league. I think Stuart will score about 40-45 pts this year. And the next, even more. Bradley showed he can play at this level last year. This year he will help the club out immensely.
St. Louis: Daniel Corso, Sergei Varlarmov
Neither have played a full NHL season yet in their careers. This year both will get playing time and both will score 20-25 goals helping St. Louis get back to the West’s elite.
Tampa Bay: Ruslan Fedotenko, Cory Sarich
Fedotenko is more than capable of scoring 30-35 goals a year. Hes improved every year as well. And More playing time in Tampa will show it and also show Tampa wasnt robbed as bad as you think. Sarich is a young physical defenseman that’s presence on the blueline will be a factor this year in Tampa.
Toronto: Nathan Dempsey, Mikael Renberg
Dempsey is great up and coming d-man, had a bad playoffs but will rebound this year. Renberg as I see it has never had a bad year in the NHL. The first two years of his career were great. 38 goals rookie year, 26 the next in 47 games (lockout yr) he will return to that form this year as long as he stays healthy.
Washington: Matt Pettinger, Robert Lang
Pettinger is a talented young player, this kid should have a great year this year. Lang will flourish playing with Jagr this year as will caps, Unfortunately they will not do anything big because of the NYR, flyers and devils.
Vancouver: Artem Chubarov and Matt Cooke
These two will have great years this year for the canucks both of them will score over 20 goals. Only if they had a goalie……..
I did make a mistake about skoula. I meant the finals against NJ not Florida. My mistake.