Eric Maltais, who pens Croaks, from the Fantasy Frog, gives you his take on most of the players from a fantasy standpoint. Some may differ from what you find in the DobberHockey Fantasy Guide, but it's good to have several viewpoints.

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Player UFA GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SOG Pct TOI PPTOI
Babchuk, Anton D CAR 72 16 19 35 13 16 15 127 12.6 18.07 2.37
Former 2002 first rounder is having a nice season following his year in Russia. Should reach 35 points next season.
Backes, David C STL 82 31 23 54 -3 165 11 208 14.9 17.69 2.54
Great goals, points and PIMS output, Backes came out of nowhere to become a fantasy star. However, don't be surprised if he drops to the 20-25 range in goals scored next season.
Backstrom, Nicklas C WAS 82 22 66 88 16 46 42 174 12.6 19.94 3.87
Will make a run at 100 points next season.
Bailey, Josh C NYI 68 7 18 25 -14 16 11 74 9.5 15.48 3.18
You couldn't have expected much more for Bailey who made the jump from junior. He could double his production next year.
Ballard, Keith D FLA 82 6 28 34 14 72 5 106 5.7 22.37 2.34
Had his best season in three years thanks to a very hot start. Will improve if the Panthers don't bring in another offensive D to replace Bouwmeester.
Barker, Cam D CHI 68 6 34 40 -6 65 29 101 5.9 18.34 3.43
One of my favorite sleepers at the beginning of the year Barker has shown his true potential. His only real slump came at the end when he went pointless in the last 10 games.
Beauchemin, Francois D ANA X 20 4 1 5 -3 12 1 45 8.9 24.90 2.24
Could put up 30 points if Niedermayer retires.
Begin, Steve C DAL X 62 7 5 12 -6 42 0 90 7.8 10.72 0.14
Fourth liner with zero fantasy value.
Belanger, Eric C MIN 79 13 23 36 -5 26 13 147 8.8 17.84 2.10
Has scored between 33 and 37 points for six straight seasons.
Bell, Brendan D OTT 53 6 15 21 -5 24 15 76 7.9 17.73 3.06
He has the offensive skills to post 40 points, but his defensive shortcomings will probably prevent him from getting enough ice time to achieve it.
Bergenheim, Sean LW NYI 59 15 9 24 -2 64 0 152 9.9 14.26 0.38
The former first-rounder looks like he'll never develop past being a third-liner.
Bergeron, Marc-Andre D MIN X 72 14 18 32 5 30 18 140 10 16.90 3.37
He can play offense, no question about it.
Bergeron, Patrice C BOS 64 8 31 39 2 16 14 155 5.2 18.02 3.09
He isn't the same player since the concussions, but a good bounce back candidate for next season.
Berglund, Patrik C STL 76 21 26 47 19 16 22 143 14.7 14.72 3.23
His production came in spurts. With a little more consistency he'll become a star.
Bernier, Steve RW VAN 81 15 17 32 4 27 7 137 10.9 13.84 2.50
Third straight year scoring 31 or 32 points.
Bertuzzi, Todd RW CGY X 66 15 29 44 -13 74 16 127 11.8 18.61 4.06
Did very well when healthy, don't expect better next year.
Bieksa, Kevin D VAN 72 11 32 43 -4 97 25 153 7.2 23.49 3.89
He might have been forgotten in many drafts this last year after scoring only 12 points in 2007-08 while limited to 34 games due to injury, but he won't be forgotten next season after duplicating his performance from 2006-07.
Blake, Jason LW TOR 78 25 38 63 -2 40 18 302 8.3 18.34 2.60
The two previous season were aberrations on the high end and on the low end, this one reflects Blake's true value.
Blake, Rob D SJ X 73 10 35 45 15 110 22 198 5.1 21.27 3.02
Totally surprised by his performance following two seasons in decline…well ok, he apparently wasn't in decline, just having sub-par seasons. He'll turn 40 next December so he's bound to slow down next year.
Boedker, Mikkel LW PHO 78 11 17 28 -6 18 2 116 9.5 15.54 2.07
Decent enough rookie season to think he can score 20 goals and 50 points as a sophomore if he doesn't follow in Mueller and Hanzal's tracks.
Bogosian, Zach D ATL 47 9 10 19 11 47 5 90 10 18.11 1.12
Bogosian was brought along slowly, but was seeing over 20 minutes of ice time per game towards the end. Could become a star as soon as next season.
Boll, Jared RW CLB 75 4 10 14 -6 180 2 73 5.5 8.90 0.11
His penalty minutes are actually disappointing since he compiled the second most minutes in the league last season.
Bolland, Dave RW CHI 81 19 28 47 19 52 3 111 17.1 16.45 1.08
An integral part of the team, Bolland should improve each year for the next couple of seasons.
Bonk, Radek C NSH X 66 9 16 25 -12 34 9 102 8.8 15.45 2.30
Hasn't reached 30 points the last four seasons.
Booth, David LW FLA 72 31 29 60 10 38 16 246 12.6 17.07 2.76
Really nice value in leagues taking SOG into account. I don't see him topping 35 goals, but I wouldn't be surprised if he scored 40.
Bouchard, Pierre-Marc C MIN 71 16 30 46 -5 20 16 142 11.3 16.98 3.25
He'll be back to 60 points if he recovers from his concussion.
Boulton, Eric LW ATL 76 3 10 13 -3 176 0 71 4.2 7.55 0.05
Dependable if you need penalty minutes.
Bourque, Rene RW CGY 58 21 19 40 18 70 1 149 14.1 16.08 1.03
It's really too bad he got injured in late February during his breakout season. He should put up similar production next year.
Bouwmeester, Jay D FLA X 82 15 27 42 -2 68 20 182 8.2 27.00 4.28
Typical stats in the end, but I would have expected more since he had an unusually decent first half, but didn't have his usual scorching second half.
Boyd, Dustin C CGY 71 11 11 22 -11 10 3 74 14.9 12.87 1.00
I think he'll approach the 20-goal mark next year.
Boyes, Brad C STL 82 33 39 72 -20 26 35 220 15 19.14 4.34
Last year's 43 goals were just too much, but St-Louis' attack is a lot more balanced so he'll continue producing points at this pace.
Boyle, Brian C LA 28 4 1 5 -9 42 0 36 11.1 10.14 0.49
Regressed big time following a strong AHL season and impressive 8-game NHL debut last year.
Boyle, Dan D SJ 77 16 41 57 6 52 32 213 7.5 24.77 4.66
Despite last year's freak injury, last year and his past four seasons have been very similar.
Boynton, Nick D FLA X 68 5 16 21 7 91 3 104 4.8 16.58 1.58
Best season offensively in four years, but with his PIMs down his fantasy value didn't improve.
Brassard, Derick C CLB 31 10 15 25 12 17 7 59 16.9 14.42 3.38
This guy will be a star if he can ever stay healthy long enough.
Briere, Daniel C PHI 29 11 14 25 -1 26 10 54 20.4 15.65 3.37
Plagued by injuries, Briere ended the season on a strong note with 14 points in 12 games. Expect a huge rebound whether it's in Philly or elsewhere.
Brind'Amour, Rod C CAR 80 16 35 51 -23 36 24 135 11.9 18.97 3.00
At 38, he was bound to slow down sometime.
Brisebois, Patrice D MON X 62 5 13 18 -3 19 7 68 7.4 15.90 2.75
Retirement is looming.
Brodziak, Kyle C EDM 79 11 16 27 4 21 2 99 11.1 12.74 0.11
Might never reach 40 points.
Brouwer, Troy RW CHI 69 10 16 26 7 50 8 126 7.9 15.10 2.48
Developing into a solid role player.
Brown, Dustin RW LA 80 24 29 53 -15 64 18 292 8.2 19.40 3.68
Not playing up to his talent like most of the team. Will be better next year.
Brule, Gilbert C EDM 11 2 1 3 -3 12 0 13 15.4 9.87 0.45
The change of scenery hasn't changed anything for Brule who's running out of chances.
Brunette, Andrew LW MIN 80 22 28 50 -5 18 18 118 18.6 16.94 3.39
The Wild plays much more conservatively than Colorado and he'll turn 36 before next season. Expect a continued decline.
Brunnstrom, Fabian LW DAL 55 17 12 29 -8 8 6 81 21 11.62 1.88
I don't see him making a huge improvement next season.
Burns, Brent D MIN 59 8 19 27 -7 45 14 147 5.4 22.42 3.23
Had a difficult first half, but was playing well with 16 points in 28 games until he suffered a concussion in early March. Now, who knows how he'll be affected.
Burrows, Alexandre C VAN 82 28 23 51 23 150 0 175 16 16.85 0.45
Huge breakout season for Burrows, but don't expect him to repeat the 28-goal effort. No player with more than 15 goals saw less average power play time than Burrows.
Byfuglien, Dustin D CHI 82 28 23 51 23 150 0 175 16 16.85 0.45
We certainly expected more since he played most of the season at forward. Might not have a spot in Chicago next season.

 

 

 

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