1) Steven Stamkos, C, Lightning – He scored 60 goals for a team possessing the 25th-best power play. Tampa Bay has taken steps to improve with the man advantage.
2) Evgeni Malkin, C, Penguins – He elevated his game when Sidney Crosby missed much of last season. Then he dominated the KHL during the lockout.
3) Sidney Crosby, C, Penguins – He missed 101 games during the past two NHL campaigns. But when he plays, he piles up multi-point games.
4) Daniel Sedin, W, Canucks -- He was rolling along last season with 64 points with a plus-19 rating in his first 63 games before getting knocked out. The lockout gave him extra time to heal.
5) Claude Giroux, C/W, Flyers – Be blossomed into 93-point scorer last season while centering the top line. He piled up 38 power-play points.
6) James Neal, W, Penguins – He failed to fit into the Pittsburgh lineup the year before, but he clicked with Malkin last season during his 40-goal, 41-assist season. He put 329 shots on goal.
7) Alex Ovechkin, W, Capitals – Oddly, he scored just 70 goals the last two seasons combined. But new coach Adam Oates should get him going.
8) John Taveras, C, Islanders – He looks more like worthy No. 1 pick all the time. After scoring54 points as a rookie, he scored 67 and 81 the next two seasons.
9) Corey Perry, W, Ducks – Two years ago he scored 50 goals. Last year he scored 37 despite his team's epic first-half collapse.
10) Marian Gaborik, W, Rangers – The lockout allowed him to recover from shoulder surgery. He delivered 22 multi-point games last season when healthy.
11) Rick Nash, W, Rangers -- This seven-time 30-goal scorer finally gets a playmaking center.
12) Henrik Sedin, C, Canucks – He has declined from 112 points to 94 to 81 points during the last three seasons. But he and Daniel can still play.
13) Jonathan Toews, C, Blackhawks -- His 57 points in 59 games last season and should continue that point--per-game pace.
14) Ilya Kovalchuk, W, Devils -- He has scored 35 or more goals eight times in his career. He should hit the ice flying after starring the KHL during the lockout.
15) Jordan Eberle, W, Oilers – After his breakout 34-goal season, he starred in AHL during lockout.
16) Anze Kopitar, C, Kings – Over the last three seasons he has averaged 28 goals, 77 points, a plus-14 rating, 27 power-play points and 241 shots on goal. His MCL sprain suffered in Europe during the lockout could cost him a few games.
17) Martin St. Louis, W, Lightning – His production dipped to 74 last year after he averaged 92 points during his previous five season. An improved power play should help him, too.
18) Jason Spezza, C, Senators – After scoring just 57 points during each of the previous two seasons, he scored 34 goals, added 50 assists and earned plus-11 rating last season.
19) Brad Richards, C, Rangers – His point total declined from 91 to 77 and 66 the last three seasons. But he scored 22 points in last 17 games and now he has Nash to play with.
20) Eric Staal, C, Hurricanes – He scored 13 goals and dished 21 assists during his last 31 games last season. Newcomers Alexander Semin and Jordan Staal will bolster the lineup.