Possible surprise dmen

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  1. Gargyn

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    Any thoughts as to some lesser known dmen or guys who have had some down years that you expect might turn up some good numbers this season?

    I think Gustav Forsling might have a good opportunity this year and I think Tyler Myers might prove some doubters wrong too.
     
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    Gudbranson maybe.
    Some of the Vegas guys.
     
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    For Calgary, I am fully expecting 55+ points from TJ Brodie. He was a beast in 2015-16 with a 53 point pace, then had some of the worst luck in the NHL last year between on ice save percentages and shooting percentages. After the Stone trade he played at a 55pt pace and also produced PPG in the playoffs... all he needed was a lucky die roll and a partner whom teams didn't individually aim to exploit like the glowing part of a Zelda boss.

    Also, I dunno if his point totals will change much but Michael Stone could see his corsi flip-flop from worst in league to top-of-league. A full offseason to build up his knee(had surgery prior to last offseason), the perfect partner for maintaining puck possession (Brett Kulak), way, way softer minutes playing third pair than playing shutdown top 4 minutes, and of course a pretty decent possession team in general.

    We'll see though.
     
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    Jake mccabe depending on the vague parameters or the OP.
     
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    Gustav Olofsson. Promising defenseman who has had some injuries the last few seasons. Solid two-way D with size.

    Most likely will start the season as a #5.
     
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    I expect Ristolainen to be less terrible under Housley.

    McDonagh will be better without having turn carry Girardi.

    I like Nate Schmidt for the Knights. Orlov for the Caps. Matheson, etc...
     
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    I was gonna say Nikita Tryamkin

    :shakehead:facepalm::facepalm:
     
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    For Tampa Bay, I expect Hedman to bounce back defensively (according to others here he wasn't himself defensively last season, I think that easily true until January but whatever). Stralman COULD have an offensive bounce back.

    Don't bank on it but it is physically possible that Sustr and Girardi aren't terrible next season.
     
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    Rielly.

    He gets some hate on here, even from Leaf fans. He was solid last year until his high ankle sprain. Came back after two weeks when typical recovery is 6 weeks, and Babcock said he has to learn to play through injuries.

    The following month he was god awful, which people seem to think was for the whole year. That month sunk his +/- and advanced stats and he was barely NHL caliber. By the time the playoffs rolled around he was back to normal and it showed. 5 points in 6 games playing some hard minutes.

    Combine this with his hard usage, and lack of PP time (Gardiner / Zaitzev have a better shot from the point and the Leafs only run 1 D on the PP) and looking at his stat line makes sense.

    If you watch Babcocks interview, he said that he was deploying guys to develop them last year, not to win now. This is why Rielly was given minutes he is frankly not best deployed in and guys like Nylander found themselves on the 4th line at times.

    Once the playoffs came, he said he was going to play to win now, and deployed Rielly with his strengths, hence the strong playoff.

    I think there will be some serious crow this time next year. This is his "prove it" year and he knows it. Gardiner - Zaitsev is the shutdown pairing it seems going into the year, meaning he is going to have less defensive zone deployments and more opportunities to quarter back play and move the puck to the strong forward corp.

    All in all, I am expecting him to emerge as a top pairing quality D and would not be surprised to see him put up 50 points. For sure a player to watch.
     
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    For the Oilers, Im gonna say Darnell Nurse.

    Showed a prolonged glimpse of how awesome he can be last season...then broke his foot blocking a shot and missed 20+ games and then was playing catch up the rest of the way.
     
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    Jakub Jerabek coming over from the KHL to MTL this year could surprise and be a top-4 defenseman, or completely bust and end up going back to Russia.

    He was selected to the KHL 1st all-star team so I'm hopeful for him, but we'll see what happens.
     
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    this is very "out there" but i hope Dylan Mcilrath can be a steady Dman for the wings..dont expect any stats DRW fans but i can see him crawling out of the AHL and becoming a steady bottom pair minute eater and becoming a fan favorite
     
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    I expect Kulikov to have a major bounce back year.
     
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    Ghost should go from the 40 points last season to over 50 this season.

    He turned it on the 2nd half last season and looked like he did in his rookie year.

    He also had horrific puck luck last year. Shooting percentage under 4% is not sustainable. They also have a new PP coach in Kris Knoblauch who should refresh their stale unit.
     
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    If the injuries hit hard enough, Devon Toews has the potential to make some noise for the Islanders.
     
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    Paul LaDue could surprise. If he doesn't, hopefully Christian Folin does!
     
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    I'm tempering my expectations with him but I think he'll be pretty good for us. He could be a great fit with Weber.
     
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    LaDue is a good choice here, he planted the seeds for a surprisingly good 2017-18 last season.
     
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    I would also add... look out for Ryan Pulock this year. ;)
     
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    A lot of Sharks fans are optimistic for the arrival of Tim Heed. Free agent signing that went over a PPG in the AHL from the backend last season. Slick passer, and he will hopefully have a chance to QB the Sharks 2nd unit PP with Hertl and Meier.
     
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    With Sami Vatanen out with injury and Shea Theodore traded, Brandon Montour should get a nice chunk of ice time to start. He put up decent numbers in the playoffs (7 points in 17 games). Montour tore it up here in San Diego; Certainly looked Gostisbehere-esque at times in the AHL.
     
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    I can see Del Zotto having a good 1st season in Vancouver points wise (30-40 points).
     
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    That wouldn't neccessarily be a surprise however.
     

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