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  1. hitchhiker42

    hitchhiker42 Registered User

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    Every year a few players surprise or breakout depending on your perspective. Obviously several Knights players last year had career seasons. In addition, Couturier, Trocheck, Rantanen saw point production increase 1/3 or more.

    So exclusive of rookies, who are your top 6 for big point increases this season?

    I would guess:

    Janmark (Stars)--he has lots of skill; seems to have his health issue under control; had an excellent World Championship; and the Stars need another scorer.

    Hertl (Sharks)--the season a player turns 25 often sees an uptick; Karlsson is going to create more offense and Hertl might just be the main recipient.

    Eriksson Ek (Wild)--coming off a 16 point season it doesn't take much to get a % increase, but I think he has a shot at 40-45 points this season.

    Coleman (Devils)--this defensive specialist showed some ability to score as the season went on in 17-18; with more ice time something like 35-40 points is not out of the question.

    Schmaltz (Blackhawks)--a player coming off a 21-goal 31-assist season will be hard pressed to breakout; Schmaltz could center Kane and Saad, if the latter returns to form then 70 points for Schmaltz is conceivable.

    Pulock (Islanders)--a young defenseman who put up 32 points in 68 games could increase that to near 50 for a full season.
     
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    Lays Vitaly Swagtsov

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    Buchnevich should get 55-60+ points
     
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    Dr Jan Itor Registered User

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    Eriksson Ek is going to be hard-pressed to see any PP time. Without it, he would have to have a hell of a year to sniff 40 points. Last year, guys like Couture, Johansen, Kadri, Stepan all played close to a full season and didn't reach 40 ES points. Eriksson Ek doing it from our 3rd line would be insane.
     
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    Not Jared Cowen Boycott Melnyk

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    Thomas Chabot. EK leaving should really open the opportunities for him, especially on the power play.
     

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