1) Erik Karlsson, Senators -- His points-per-game average increased from .433, .600 and .963 points per game the last three seasons.
2) Zdeno Chara, Bruins -- He recorded plus-33 in back-to-back seasons ratings in back-to-back seasons and scored a career-high 52 points last season.
3) Alex Pietrangelo, D, Blues -- He broke out with 51 points and a plus-16 rating last season. He could score at a greater rate with a better surrounding cast this season. 4) Kris Letang, Penguins -- He produces when he plays. But . . . he played more than 74 games just once. 5) Dustin Byfuglien, Jets -- He is a physical force who can also go to the net and score goals.
6) Shea Weber, Predators -- His average over the last four years: 19 goals, 48 points, 55 penalty minutes, 20 power-play points and 239 shots on goal. He should be fine without Ryan Suter.
7) Dan Boyle, Sharks -- He has scored 213 points during the last four seasons in San Jose.
8) P.K. Subban, Canadiens -- Of his 74 points the last two seasons, 32 came on the power player. He is a physical player who earned 243 PIMs during that span.
9) Alexander Edler, Canucks – He tailed off last season and scored just 15 points during thefinal 33 games.
10) Dion Phaneuf, Maple Leafs – He played all 82 games last season and improved hihs production from 30 points to 44.
11) Ryan Suter, Wild – His point total climbed his last three years in Nashville from 37 to 39 and 46. But he won't have Weber next to him this season.
12) Duncan Keith, Blackhawks – He scored just 13 power-play points in 74 games last season after producing 22 in 82 games the season before.
13) Drew Doughty, Kings ---He played much better after Darryl Sutter arrived, then he scored 16 points in 20 playoff games.
14) Brian Campbell, Panthers – He made the most of his move from Chicago, jumping from 27 points in 65 games to 53 in 82. He earned 30 power-play assists but scored only one power play goal.
15) Michael Del Zotto, Rangers – He scored 41 points with a plus-20 rating last season after going minus-25 first two seasons.
16) Mark Streit, Islanders – He bounced back to score 47 points, but his minus-27 spoke to his defensive shortcomings.
17) Kevin Bieksa, Canucks – He us a rugged defender with three seasons of 42 or more points to his credit.
18) Kevin Shattenkirk, Blues: This emerging offensive defenseman scored 20 points in 33 games after the All-Star break.
19) Tobias Enstrom, Jets -- He scored 12 points with a plus-5 in his last 17 games after scoring two points in 14 February games.
20) Keith Yandle, Coyotes – His production fell from 59 points in 2010-11 to 43 last year. How will the power-play work without Ray Whitney?