Originally Posted by StrongArms
Tarasenko - Stud. Best of the group, will likely post 0.75 pts per game or higher
Silfverberg - Excellent opportunity out of the gate starting on line 1 with Spez. 0.6 pts per game or higher
Hemsky - Good supporting cast and will likely get moved up and down line 1 and 2 while the kids get adjusted. 0.5 pts per game or higher if healthy.
Atkinson - Will be given a solid chance on a lackluster team. I think he will find it hard to adjust to NHL speed and intensity. 0.4 pts per game. 0.6 pts per game at best.
Erat - Plays for Nashville. Has never proved to be more than a top 6 type of guy. 0.5 pts per game at best.
Erat got 0.82 points per game last year. If you just count what he got after he was paired up with Fisher and Kostitsyn it was even higher. He will start the season with those two.
So for this season I'd rank them
Erat (nuff said)
Hemsky (Gagner in a contract year and Yakupov as linemates)
Tarasenko (Steen and McDonald as linemates, both solid if they can stay healthy and even if they can't Tarasenko is crazy talented)
Silfverberg (will start with Spezza and has a sick shot)
Atkinson (should do pretty well, not far behind Tarasenko and Silfverberg)