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Bold fantasy prediction for each team in 2016-17

P.K. Subban will be top defenseman; three Coyotes can eclipse 60 points

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

Each and every fantasy season brings plenty of surprises, many straight out of left field.

Here's my chance to take a stab at some potentially stunning developments before they happen with one bold fantasy prediction for each of the 30 NHL teams. Some may seem far-fetched, but would pay off big for fantasy owners if they happened.

Take these team-by-team predictions with a grain of salt, but also use them as inspiration to think creatively in your fantasy draft, especially pertaining to line combinations and each player's potential usage.



Anaheim Ducks: Rickard Rakell, currently a restricted free agent, will finish with more points (61) than fellow centers Ryan Getzlaf (60) and Ryan Kesler (53).

Arizona Coyotes: Max Domi, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Anthony Duclair will become the Coyotes' first 60-point producers since Ray Whitney (77) and Radim Vrbata (62) in 2011-12.

Boston Bruins: David Backes will latch onto the right wing spot with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, finishing among the top 50 with elite standard-league category coverage.

Buffalo Sabres: Forward Sam Reinhart will lead the Sabres with 33 goals, finishing among the NHL's top 10 in the category.

Video: CBJ@BUF: Reinhart deflects Eichel's shot to tie it up

Calgary Flames: Brian Elliott will become the first Flames goalie with 35 wins in a single season since Miikka Kiprusoff in 2011-12.

Carolina Hurricanes: Forwards Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho will finish among the NHL's top 10 point pairs (based on team goals where each records a point).

Chicago Blackhawks: Marian Hossa will score 30 goals for the first time since 2013-14 to finish among the top 75 overall after an average draft position outside the top 140.

Colorado Avalanche: Forward Mikko Rantanen eclipses 50 points as a rookie playing with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog on top line.

Video: NSH@COL: Landeskog scores to give Avalanche the lead

Columbus Blue Jackets: Seth Jones will lead Blue Jackets defensemen in points with 42, but rookie Zach Werenski will have the most power-play points with 17.

Dallas Stars: Forward Jiri Hudler outperforms Patrick Sharp in standard-league production, scoring more than 60 points for the second time in three seasons.

Detroit Red Wings: Center Andreas Athanasiou will finish the regular season among Detroit's top six with more points than Henrik Zetterberg.

Edmonton Oilers: Exposure to center Connor McDavid will be a boon for Oscar Klefbom, who will become the first Oilers defenseman to score 20 PPP since Sheldon Souray had 23 in 2008-09.

Video: PIT@EDM: Klefbom beats Zatkoff to open scoring

Florida Panthers: On the first power-play unit with forwards Aleksander Barkov, Jaromir Jagr and Jonathan Huberdeau, defenseman Keith Yandle will lead the NHL with 35 PPP.

Los Angeles Kings: C/RW Tyler Toffoli will split time with centers Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter to lead the Kings in points (71) and shots on goal (250).

Minnesota Wild: Matt Dumba thrives in coach Bruce Boudreau's system, scoring 16 goals to finish among the top 10 defensemen in the category.

Montreal Canadiens: Right wing Alexander Radulov will be the Canadiens' most valuable fantasy skater with 31 goals, 22 assists, 18 PPP and 215 SOG.

Nashville Predators: P.K. Subban will finish as the top fantasy defenseman in standard leagues, and his power-play running mate Roman Josi will join him among the top five.

Video: MTL@LAK: Subban puts Canadiens on the board with goal

New Jersey Devils: Goalie Cory Schneider has never had 30 wins in a single season, but will break out for 40 this season.

New York Islanders: Center Mathew Barzal will finish second on the Islanders in scoring and among the top five rookies with 54 points.

New York Rangers: Center Mika Zibanejad will lead the Rangers in scoring with 61 points and finish among the top 50 overall fantasy assets.

Philadelphia Flyers: Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere will jump from 46 points in 64 games to 62 points in 82 games to finish among the top 30 overall fantasy players.

Video: WSH@PHI, Gm4: Gostisbehere blasts puck home for PPG

Pittsburgh Penguins: Center Evgeni Malkin plays a full season for the first time since 2008-09, scoring more than 80 points to finish among the top five NHL scorers.

Ottawa Senators: Left wing Mike Hoffman will have 72 points to outscore Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (71).

San Jose Sharks: Left wing Mikkel Boedker plays top-six minutes all season, producing career-highs in goals (24), points (60) and SOG (170).

St. Louis Blues: Dark horse LW/RW David Perron will finish among the top 100 players with at least 50 points, 75 PIMs, 10 PPP and 200 SOG.

Video: LAK@ANA: Perron nets turnover for two-goal lead

Tampa Bay Lightning: Left wing Jonathan Drouin will play on a line with Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov instead of with Steven Stamkos, scoring a career-high 60 points.

Toronto Maple Leafs: C/RW William Nylander (57 points) will outscore fellow Maple Leafs rookie centers Auston Matthews (53) and Mitchell Marner (44).

Vancouver Canucks: The Swedish trio of Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Loui Eriksson will feed off the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and combine to score 200 points.

Washington Capitals: Left wing Andre Burakovsky will be moved to the first power-play unit and get 20 PPP and 55 points.

Winnipeg Jets: Connor Hellebuyck emerges from Winnipeg's crowded crease to start 40 games, winning 25 with a .925 save percentage to finish among the top 20 fantasy goalies.

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