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5. Filip Forsberg - Nashville Predators
NHL 2015-16 Stats: GP: 82, G: 33, A: 31 +/-: 1 , PIM: 47
Projected 2016-17 Stats: GP: 82, G: 27, A: 30, +/-: 5 , PIM: 40
Forsberg is set to have a fantastic year as I feel all signs are pointing to a great season for Nashville. Firstly he will be playing on a line with Ryan Johansen and James Neal which will make them one of the best lines in the NHL. Then you add Josi and Subban feeding them pucks on even strength and the powerplay (get those PP points!), these five players can make up the best 5 man line combo in the NHL. For these reasons, he deserves to be number five over Taylor Hall.
4. Johnny Gaudreau - Calgary Flames
NHL 2015-16 Stats: GP: 79, G: 30 A: 48 +/-: 4, PIM: 20
Projected 2016-17 Stats: GP: 82, G: 34, A: 50, +/-: 5 , PIM: 26
Johnny Hockey is primed for a great year for the Calgary Flames as he is one of the premier Left Wingers in the league. Even with his size, his skill to beat players and get into the correct areas is fascinating to watch. The reason he is fourth though is that the other three players are either better or arguably on better lines/teams. In saying that, he will still have a 30+ goal season and get loads of assists with Sean Monahan on his line.
3. Artemi Panarin - Chicago Blackhawks
NHL 2015-16 Stats: GP: 80, G: 30 A: 47 +/-: 8, PIM: 32
Projected 2016-17 Stats: GP: 82, G: 32, A: 50, +/-: 10 , PIM: 34
Artemi Panarin is coming off a great season for the Blackhawks as he scored 30 goals in 80 games. Over this time he has made a fantastic relationship on and off the ice with last year's best player, Patrick Kane. If the bread man (Panarin) can recreate last year and be on a line with Patrick Kane, his numbers will keep going and will be an ELITE player in fantasy this season.
2. Alexander Ovechkin - Washington Capitals
NHL 2015-16 Stats: GP: 79, G: 50 A: 21 +/-: 21, PIM: 37
Projected 2016-17 Stats: GP: 80, G: 51, A: 24, +/-: 6 , PIM: 40
Alex Ovechkin is a dominant Russia tank but even though he was on the best regular season team last year, I still think there is one player who will get more fantasy points than him. Ovechkin's stats last year were great, but the one thing he was missing was more assists. Even though Oshie and Bäckström are good players, they aren't natural goal scorers and he needs to get those apples up. Ovi is great, but he just fell short this year.
1. Jamie Benn - Dallas Stars
NHL 2015-16 Stats: GP: 82, G: 41 A: 48 +/-: 7, PIM: 64
Projected 2016-17 Stats: GP: 80, G: 41, A: 52, +/-: 12 , PIM: 64
Most Points by a LW: Jamie Benn
Most Assists by a LW : Jamie Benn (Tied)
Most PowerPlay Points by a LW: Jamie Benn
Best Points per game by a LW: Jamie Benn
The three most important factors for a fantasy hockey for a top forward are, surrounded by great talent (Tyler Seguin, Patrick Sharp, and Jason Spezza), power play minutes and consistent goals and that is exactly what Jamie Benn has. Last year I had him on my team, and he practically carried me to my league's championship.
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