Whenever the production of a proven NHL player drops from one season to the next, there’s always a cause for concern among fantasy owners who put their stock in this individual.
While seeing a top-tier member of your squad experience a bump in the road is not an enjoyable experience, it is important to refrain from abandoning the ship prematurely.
Here’s an example: San Jose Sharks' star forward Patrick Marleau saw his 78-point output (32 G, 46 A in 77 games) in the 2006-07 season drop to 48 points (19 G, 29 A in 78 games) in 2007-08. But just as Marleau’s fantasy value dipped entering the ensuing season, the potent goal-scorer re-discovered his rhythm, notching 38 goals and 33 assists in 2008-09. Marleau also improved on his minus-19 rating and low shot total (185) from '07-08 with an impressive plus-16 rating and 251-shot showing in '08-09.
Simply put, Marleau capitalized on the clean slate that came with the new season and was able to regain his form in leading San Jose to the President's Trophy.
Bounce-back seasons are far from rare, but the toughest part is detecting them in time to see your fantasy team reap the benefits. So, just in time for your fantasy draft, NHL.com takes a look at 10 players from around the league who are likely to bounce back and improve their numbers from a year ago in the 2011-12 season.