10 Players Who Aren’t on Your Radar… and Should Be

In an effort to keep the buzz up, with hockey’s first face-off just days away, WhitSport presents the guys you’ll want to keep in your scope. Some may have breakout years, others may flame out… While not all of these players are rookies or completely unknown, WhitSport would like you to keep an eye on these players, as they step into big years for their respective teams.

Pavelski... lost without the power of the blonde beard

Joe Pavelski – C – Sharks… this youngster came alive during the post-season last year, and will likely carry over into this season. Playing on a line with Setoguchi and Clowe will certainly help.

John Carlson – D – Capitals… played just 29 games last year, but looked solid in the playoffs, and will pair well with veteran Tom Poti, allowing him to wander up on offense at times. Another Mike Green perhaps?

Bobby Ryan – C – Ducks… the big forward from NJ has already amassed 131 points in 168 NHL games, and is part of one of the league’s most potent first lines alongside Getzlaf and Perry.

Evander Kane – LW – Thrashers… someone’s gotta take over for Kovalchuk, why not another teenage sensation? He found his goalscoring touch just before the Olympic break last year

Just what Philly needs, another goalie controversy

Sergei Bobrovsky – G – Flyers… or “Bob” as they call him in Philly, looks poised to take over in net, when yet another rash of injuries occurs in the City of Brotherly Love.

Johnny Boychuk – D – Bruins… Big Z isn’t the only Bruin with a wicked slapper and massive checking ability. Boom Boom broke out in the
AHL two seasons ago, and is on the verge of becoming a household name in the pros

Greene will be heavily relied upon in a new-look NJ defense

Andy Greene – D – Devils… with the loss of Paul Martin, Greene becomes the Devil’s most important defender in the uber-defensive Lamoriello system. He was also 5th on the team in points, and first in blocked shots a year ago.

Chris Stewart – RW – Avalanche… nearly fell out of playoff contention late last season, but the big winger catapulted to 64 points last year, and looks to showcase a more complete/consistent body of work this year.

Steve Downie – RW – Lightning… lives dangerously, and will likely grab most headlines for goon-like acts, but the Bolts’ winger also tallied 22 goals last year and looks to do the same in a potent offense this season.

Brian Elliott – G – Senators… when given the chance, Elliott has stepped in a played very well. So why would a guy who’s won 45 games as a backup goalie continually get to ride the pine for the Sens? You’ll need to ask Cory Clouston.

Any you think we missed? please share…


One Response to 10 Players Who Aren’t on Your Radar… and Should Be

  1. newfcollins says:

    There’s a few on each team that people can keep on eye on. My best guesses would be Lars Eller in Montreal, Jeff Skinner in Carolina, Jonathan Bernier in L.A., Tyler Ennis in Buffalo, Derek Stepan with the Rangers and Brayden Schenn in L.A. They’re all rookies though.

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