Team-by-team fantasy outlooks

By Matt Cubeta and Sergei J. Feldman - Staff Writers

LW's Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise could be like Sid and Malkin are for centers -- two elite players at the same position on one team; both should thrive this season.
The Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane dynamic duo could result in tremendous offensive output as the Blackhawks aim for a repeat Cup run.
Sleeper: Dave Bolland
With a year under his belt and a decent supporting cast, John Tavares may improve on his 24-goal season and blossom as a sophomore.
Blue Jackets
Rick Nash will aim for the 40-goal mark and could get there with a strong supporting cast in Antoine Vermette, Kristian Huselius and R.J. Umberger.
Alexander Frolov and Brandon Dubinsky may be in line for solid fantasy seasons behind usual studs Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist.
Sleeper: Derek Stepan
Red Wings
On a quest to return to league supremacy, Detroit will be led by Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, both of whom will look for bounce-back seasons.
Sleeper: Jiri Hudler
Nikolai Zherdev will be returning to the NHL after taking a year off to play in the KHL and could have a big season as a top-six forward for the Flyers.
Sleeper: Ville Leino
Shea Weber and Ryan Suter will hold the fort on defense in front of Pekka Rinne, and provide a healthy dose of offense for a hungry Predators team.
Sleeper: Cody Franson
Newly acquired Mike Comrie could switch positions from center to wing and find himself on the top line alongside superstar Sidney Crosby.
Sleeper: Kris Letang
Jaroslav Halak gives the Blues a new face in net with David Backes, T.J. Oshie and David Perron leading the youth movement in St. Louis.
Tuukka Rask will be given the opportunity to start between the pipes for the B's, but veteran Tim Thomas will be waiting for his chance to steal the everyday job.
Sleeper: Tyler Seguin
Jarome Iginla will once again carry the torch for the Flames, but should be complemented by the emergence of Rene Bourque as a legitimate second threat.
Ryan Miller will look to build on his Vezina-Trophy-winning season and Tyler Myers will attempt to do the same after winning the Calder Trophy.
Sleeper: Tyler Ennis
Chris Stewart will look for a second-consecutive year of high octane offense, backed by veteran Paul Stastny and sophomore Matt Duchene.
Sleeper: Peter Mueller
Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez will look to improve in their second seasons with the Habs while Michael Cammalleri should be an offensive sniper.
A motivated Ales Hemsky returns from injury while Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi will look to lead the resurgence in Edmonton.
Sleeper: Sam Gagner
Sergei Gonchar's presence as Ottawa's new No. 1 defenseman will likely improve the stats of veterans Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Alex Kovalev.
Sleeper: Erik Karlsson
Niklas Backstrom returns for his fifth straight season in Minnesota while Mikko Koivu, the team's first permanent captain, will look for another big year.
Maple Leafs
Phil Kessel leads a relatively thin offensive core in Toronto while Tomas Kaberle and Dion Phaneuf will be looked at for leadership on a young team.
Sleeper: Tyler Bozak
After relinquishing his captaincy, Roberto Luongo can concentrate solely on stopping the puck, while the Sedin twins and Ryan Kesler carry the team offensively.
Newcomer Dustin Byfuglien will switch back to his original position of defense and work alongside youngsters Zach Bogosian and Tobias Enstrom on the blue line.
Sleeper: Evander Kane
Center Ryan Getzlaf figures to score at his point-per-game pace, while right wingers Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan continue to tally 30-plus goal seasons.
Sleeper: Dan Sexton
Captain Eric Staal will seek to reclaim his 40-goal status from two years ago with Cam Ward holding down the fort between the pipes.
Brad Richards and Brenden Morrow will anchor an improving offensive squad with Kari Lehtonen replacing vetarn netminder Marty Turco in goal .
Sleeper: Jamie Benn
New addition Dennis Wideman will be a key element on the blue line while David Booth will return from his concussion injury to help out offensively.
Jonathan Bernier will challenge Jonathan Quick for time between the pipes, while Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar continue to dazzle in Hollywood.
Newly-acquired Wojtek Wolski should flourish in his first full year as a Coyote and captain Shane Doan will look to return to his 30-goal form.
Sleeper: Keith Yandle
No. 1 fantasy player Alex Ovechkin will continue to succeed playing alongside studs like Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green and Alexander Semin.
Sleeper: John Carlson
There will be no shortage of offensive firepower with the Sharks, as Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Dany Heatley and Dan Boyle aim for big seasons.
Sleeper: Jason Demers
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