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POST-HYPE BREAK­OUT Jo­hansen, the fourth-over­all pick in 2010, scored 14 goals in his first 107 games. In 2013-14, he ex­ploded for 33 goals. A young gun set to go o this sea­son is Alex Galchenyuk. He hasn’t been bad, tal­ly­ing 58 points over his first two sea­sons, but he’s just scratch­ing the sur­face of his abil­ity, and he missed 17 games in 2013-14. He’s a fu­ture star, and a leap into the 60-point strato­sphere is within reach.


OUT-OF-NOWHERE GOALIE SEN­SA­TION Var­lamov wasn’t a no­body en­ter­ing 2013-14, but he was strug­gling. Then Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy ar­rived to coach Colorado. ‘Varly’ was a changed man and a prof­itable late-round grab in pools. This year, Jake Allen will pay o sim­i­larly. He’s guar­an­teed a job and will post out­stand­ing num­bers with the stel­lar Blues de­fense in front of him.


RE­TURN TO GRACE Bos­ton was silly to give up on Tyler Seguin. He was too tal­ented to stay down af­ter a poor year, and he was just 21. Dal­las jumped at the chance to get him, and he fin­ished fourth in league scor­ing. Watch for a bounce-back from Eric Staal. A 61-point cam­paign af­ter eight straight sea­sons at a pace of 70 or more? Toss it out. He’s still just 29.


FROM STAR TO SU­PER­STAR Sub­ban’s Nor­ris Tro­phy in 2012-13 was no fluke. He was a dom­i­nant force in 2013-14 and will be among the league’s top D-men for years to come. In just his sec­ond sea­son, watch for Nathan MacK­in­non to make a leap into the elite. Hy­per­bole? Not if you watched him in the 2014 playo s. He gains steam with the puck like a young Pavel Bure. In ad­di­tion, MacK­in­non has a great sup­port­ing cast in Colorado and could be a top-10 scorer as soon as this year.


FREE AGENT BOOM It’s a night-and-day change for Chris­tian Ehrho go­ing from Bu alo to Pitts­burgh. He’ll in­herit the de­parted Matt Niska­nen’s min­utes and should post his best num­bers in years on a po­tent o en­sive club.


FREE AGENT BUST The Pan­thers will pay Dave Bol­land like a star at $5.5 mil­lion per, but don’t let that fool you into think­ing he’s a vi­able fan­tasy com­mod­ity. He’s in­jury-prone and a bet­ter player in real life than in fan­tasy pools.


MA­JOR GOALIE RE­GRES­SION An­der­son’s re­gres­sion was pri­mar­ily be­cause of health, and Ben

Scrivens is a red flag be­cause the Oil­ers are ter­ri­ble de­fen­sively. He daz­zled af­ter they ac­quired him from the Kings, but his save per­cent­age fell each month af­ter his ar­rival: .940, .918, .904, .903.


CAGEY VET WHO FI­NALLY SHOWS HIS AGE There was nowhere for Whit­ney to go but down af­ter he stayed around a point per game en­ter­ing 2013-14, and his pro­duc­tion was cut al­most in half. Jaromir Jagr won’t regress that much, but a 67-point sea­son was ab­surd at 42. Pay for that pro­duc­tion and you’ll get burned.


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