Sometimes you have to just forgive and forget.
Last season is in the past and let's move on. Here are some guys who should see
a significant rebound in their production this season.
slipped a bit in his 3rd NHL season, failing to build on his previous year's
success. He was still a decent fantasy winger. Look for a major rebound in his
numbers in 2013-14. He should deliver near point-per-game output and is a very
good bet for 30 goals. If the stars align, he could join teammate Taylor Hall
in the hunt for a scoring title this season.
through a rocky season in 2013 with the Rangers before being dealt to the
Jackets at the deadline. He is now the showcase attraction in town once more.
It remains to be seen what he will do in a full season with Columbus, but you
should figure on a serous rebound from last year's disappointing numbers. Two
straight healthy seasons have me willing to take a gamble on him.
disappeared as the season wore on, to the point where he was a healthy scratch
going into the playoffs. That all got sorted out nicely in the postseason, as
he returned to his beastly self. Look for a big rebound in 2013-14.
After a dominating
50-goal, MVP season in 2010-11, Perry followed it up with 2 disappointing
efforts. With Bobby Ryan out of town, and Selanne fading or retired, all eyes
will be on Perry to provide the goal scoring for the Ducks. Expect a nice
rebound this season. Even if the goals don't pile up, he contributes enough in
every category (especially PIMs), to make him one of the most reliable fantasy
wingers in the game.
Is he mature enough
to be the leader most projected him to be when drafted #2 overall? Who cares,
as long as he rebounds from last season's poor fantasy showing. Which I say he
will. The fresh start in Dallas should spur him on to fantasy stardom. I'm expecting
big things from Seguin in Dallas this season.
After winning the
Calder Trophy in his rookie season, Skinner has slipped back, due to several
bouts with concussions. Should he shake the headaches, Skinner certainly has
the potential to reemerge as a fantasy star for the Canes. Look for a big
rebound this season.
A dude this big and
talented can't continue to plummet like this. Following an enormous fantasy
season, his production has dipped steadily with each passing season. It's now
or never for Myers to redeem some of that promise that earned him that Calder
hardware in 2009-10.
fantastic seasons to kick off his career with St. Louis, Pietrangelo was a
slight disappointment last season. He ranked 35th in total fantasy points among
defensemen. Expect a significant rebound
from Pietrangelo this season.
he goalie trade
finally materialized for the Canucks, but of course, it didn't go according to
the plan. Luongo now finds himself as the surprise unchallenged starter for
Vancouver. Assuming everyone can kiss and make up, this has the makings of a
potentially strong comeback season for Luongo on the fantasy front. On the
downside, if Coach Torts has his way, Luongo will see less shots than he has
been accustomed to, meaning the saves column will take a hit. Still, the
increased volume of play will make him a viable #1 option in net once more. The
added incentive to play his way into the #1 job for Team Canada won't hurt much
Simply put, Quick
tanked last season. He showed no signs of the man who dominated the position
for the prior two years. That changed in the playoffs, as he returned to form
and carried the team for 2 rounds. That run brings hope to fantasy owners
looking for a top notch goalie that may be underrated at this year's draft. He
didn't even crack the top 20 in fantasy points by the end of last season. Look
for a rapid return to the top 5 this year.
Rinne, along with
the entire Nashville team, took a big step backwards last season. Maybe they
missed Suter that much. Despite the slip, Rinne remains the epitome of the word
"workhorse". He will continue to own the pipes for 85% of the action in
Nashville, which means wins should continue to pile up. Look for a bounce back
in other categories, with a Preds team that just has to be better this season.