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Blues hope minor changes lead to playoff wins

Tuesday, 08.25.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.

ST. LOUIS -- When the St. Louis Blues were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the first round for the third consecutive season, there wasn't a doubt there would be change. The question was, when would it happen?

Blues fans were expecting a massive overhaul after losing to the Minnesota Wild in six games, with questions about the core leadership group and how many of them would return. Coach Ken Hitchcock's contract expired June 30, and there was question whether he would return for a fifth season.

The reigning Central Division champions shuffled the deck to an extent, with the most notable offseason move coming in a trade. The Blues traded popular forward T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals for a package that included right wing Troy Brouwer.

St. Louis Blues fantasy hockey outlook

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

As part of NHL.com's offseason 30 in 30 package, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen will break down each team's fantasy landscape. They will look at the players at the top of the ranks, an undervalued player, an overvalued player, a deep sleeper (players likely ranked outside the top 200 overall players) and the goalie outlook for each NHL team.

Leading the way: Vladimir Tarasenko and Kevin Shattenkirk

Tarasenko, a right wing, will be referenced as a fantasy breakout example for years to come after being taken with the 160th pick on average in Yahoo drafts and finishing with 37 goals (T-5th), 73 points (T-10th), a plus-27 (T-7th) and 264 shots on goal (T-11th). Despite missing a few games down the stretch because of injury, he was one of four players (Jamie Benn, John Tavares, and Tyler Seguin) with 35-plus goals and 35-plus assists and finished third in goals per 60 minutes (1.64) among those with 52-plus games behind Alex Ovechkin (1.93) and Rick Nash (1.83).

Blue Jackets want leadership from Cup-winner Saad

Monday, 08.24.2015 / 12:11 PM / NHL Insider

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are expecting plenty of offense from forward Brandon Saad, who was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on June 30 and is likely get a chance to play on the first line.

But coach Todd Richards said Monday that he expects the two-time Stanley Cup winner, who's 22, to provide leadership in the dressing room as well.

"I just want him to come in here and be Brandon Saad, first and foremost," Richards told the Blue Jackets website. "There are things he can add to this team on the ice in game situations and practice, but there's also a lot he can bring to our room. A winning attitude, confidence, knowing that you've won and know what it takes. There will be some leadership there.

Questions about Neal, Hodgson key for Predators

Monday, 08.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators appear to be on an upward trajectory after finishing second in the Central Division last season and with talented prospects in the pipeline.

The Predators expect to take the next step this season and become one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

Here are three questions facing the Predators this season:

Growth of Forsberg, Jones has Predators optimistic

Monday, 08.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators returned to the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season after missing out the previous two, and their young talent has them optimistic about the future.

Even though the Predators play in the Central Division, arguably the toughest in the NHL, they proved last season they can compete with the League's best teams.

Here are four reasons the Predators are optimistic:

Fiala, Vesey among Predators' top five prospects

Monday, 08.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- A prospect pool that wasn't very deep three years ago has become a luxury for the Nashville Predators.

Long known for talent on defense, the Predators changed their approach in recent years and stockpiled prospects at forward. Some of that young talent, led by forward Kevin Fiala, might get a chance to make an impact in the NHL as soon as this season.

Here is a look at the Predators' top five prospects, according to NHL.com:

Predators expect to build on success of last season

Monday, 08.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators are prepared to stay the course that helped them reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs after a two-season hiatus.

Nashville re-signed center Mike Ribeiro to a two-year, $7 million contract July 1. Keeping Ribeiro was the Predators' No. 1 priority because it ensured their top six forwards would remain intact.

"Mike had a strong season for us last year," Predators general manager David Poile said. "I'm very confident that he'll be an integral part of our organization going forward."

Nashville Predators fantasy hockey outlook

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

As part of NHL.com's offseason 30 in 30 package, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen will break down each team's fantasy landscape. They will look at the players at the top of the ranks, an undervalued player, an overvalued player, a deep sleeper (players likely ranked outside the top 200 overall players) and the goalie outlook for each NHL team.

Leading the way: Pekka Rinne

After a bit of a disappointing and injury-plagued season in 2013-14 (24 games, 10 wins, 2.77 goals-against average, .902 save percentage), Rinne bounced back last season and finished second in the Vezina Trophy voting behind Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens. He ranked as the fifth best fantasy goalie in Yahoo leagues and 33rd best player overall. The Finnish goalie got off to a tremendous start last season and ended up with 41 wins, four shutouts, a 2.18 GAA and .923 save percentage. Since 2008 when Rinne became Nashville's starting goalie, he ranks sixth in the NHL wins (203), sixth in GAA (2.35), sixth in save percentage (.919) and third in shutouts (36) among goalies with at least 250 games played. With Nashville possessing one of the League's strongest groups of defensemen, I think it's safe to put him among the game's elite netminders, which is why I have him ranked 24th overall and third at his position in my offseason rankings.

Top remaining players available via free agency

Sunday, 08.23.2015 / 2:35 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The first few head-spinning hours after the free agent market opened at noon ET on July 1 featured a plethora of players joining new teams and a trade that has the potential to shift the balance of power in the Metropolitan Division in favor of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who acquired forward Phil Kessel.

The market still has several unrestricted free agents who could make a difference with a new team.

Here is a list of some of the best available (by position and in alphabetical order):

Vancouver Canucks fantasy hockey outlook

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

As part of NHL.com's offseason 30 in 30 package, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen will break down each team's fantasy landscape. They will look at the players at the top of the ranks, an undervalued player, an overvalued player, a deep sleeper (players likely ranked outside the top 200 overall players) and the goalie outlook for each NHL team.

Leading the way: Daniel Sedin

Vancouver Canucks forwards Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin formed the best point pair in 2014-15, marking the seventh time in the past nine seasons they've led the NHL (alone in first six times, tied for first once). Although the twins had nearly identical outputs in five of the six standard Yahoo categories (goals, assists, plus-minus, penalty minutes, power-play points) in the same number of games (82), the discrepancy in shots on goal (Daniel: 226; Henrik: 101) made Daniel significantly more valuable.

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Quote of the Day

I spent a long summer thinking about that playoff series and what could have been. [The Blackhawks] ended up being the Stanley Cup champions, so we know we lost to a very good team. It's tough to know how close we were, and it motivates us for this year.

— Nashville captain Shea Weber in an interview with the Predators website
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