John Tavares, New York Islanders – His year-to-year improvements have been nothing short of spectacular. Tavares entered the NHL as a one-trick pony and he now ranks among the top four or five most complete forwards in hockey. Oh, and he is signed to one heck of a contract, too.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard – New York Islanders – Bouchard has an opportunity to step into one of the best gigs in hockey (the third wheel to the John Tavares-Matt Moulson duo). P.A. Parenteau and Brad Boyes have both had tremendous success in that spot, and Bouchard is a crafty playmaker who would find a lot of his passes to Tavares and Moulson in the back of the net. However, he’s one of the most injury-prone players in hockey. Tread carefully.
The Deep Sleepers
Cal Clutterbuck, New York Islanders – He is known more for what he does with his body than with his hands, but Clutterbuck is a former junior linemate of Tavares. At the very least, he will be the other guy to Matt Martin’s Fulton Reed. And in a best-case scenario, he pops in 25 or 30 goals alongside Tavares and Moulson on line one.[/sny-box]