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Here's the top 10 guys that we think are close to making the jump to the "Superstar" level (approximately 75 points for a forward, 50 points for a dman or elite level (tier 1) goalie.
1) Cory Schneider
If he does take over the Canucks #1 role and sees 60+ starts then he should be among the league's top five goalies as his .928 career NHL sv% (in 68 games) has us foaming at the mouth.
2) Alexander Edler
So close last year with 49 points and was even better the season before, with 33 in 51 games, if injuries hadn't slowed him. Look for him to take the next step as he could challenge for the scoring title amongst dmen.
3) Tyler Seguin
Showed tremendous growth last season by adding 45 points to his rookie season total (22 to 67) and we think he can take another step as he often wasn't featured on PP1 and averaged less than 17 mpg for the season.
4) Loui Eriksson
Has averaged 72 points a season over the past three but hasn't been able to get over the hump. With the offensive additions in Dallas (Jagr, Whitney & Roy), he should have more help this year.
5) Tuukka Rask
Was the Bruins #1 for a good part of 2009/10 but still had to split time with Thomas and maxed out at 45 games. This season will be his chance to own the net. Has the team, the experience & the opportunity to put up a huge statistical season.
6) Mikko Koivu
His numbers took a step back last year (66 points /82gms) but in the three prior seasons he was lurking around the 70 point level and should benefit from playing with Parise.
7) Jamie Benn
On a per-82 game basis his numbers are showing great growth with 41, 67 & 73 points over his first three seasons. With the help of some new playmaking wingers and a little more luck on the PP (only 10 PPPs last year), Benn should be right there.
8) Patrick Sharp
Has averaged 73 points per 82 games over the past three seasons and just needs to stay healthy for a full season (has played 74 in each of the last two) to make it official.
9) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
He flashed his potential by playing at close to a point-a-game pace (35 points in 37 games) until his shoulder troubles began. But I wouldn't call him a fantasy superstar yet as he could put up 75 points but leave you wanting more in a lot of categories.
10) P.K. Subban
He is already a fantasy superstar due to his all-round production but we think there is a chance for him to approach a 50 point season as he should see plenty of minutes and the Habs PP has to be better than last season (ranked 28th in the league).
Any other stars you expect to take a jump forward this season?