Top Shelf Eastern Talent – Part 2 of 3

Dobber Sports

2009-07-23

zach parise

 

In this, the second of three installments, I'll give you my take on Eastern Conference teams top six talent and guys that might challenge for a spot this season.

With that role comes ice time and often power play opportunities, two things that are the key to fantasy success. I focused more on who should actually play in the top six and not so much on actual line combinations, so don't read too much into where I put the six.

 

Montreal

Cammalleri – Gomez – Gionta
A.Kostitsyn – Plekanec – S.Kostitsyn

Both Matt D'Agostini and Max Pacioretty will also be in the running for that final top six spot I put Sergei Kostitsyn in. With a new coach and such a large player turnover, much will depend on the chemistry that develops in camp.

A.Markov – Hamrlik
Spacek – Mara

Hal Gill may end up in the top four, but he isn't here for his offensive abilities. Yannick Weber won't line up as a top four defender, but his offensive abilities may give him a shot at power play duty. P.K. Subban is likely at least another year away from being with the big club full-time.

New Jersey

Parise – Zajac – Elias
Zubrus – Rolston – Langenbrunner

I don't see prospects Mattias Tedenby or Nicklas Bergfors making a run at the top six this season.

Martin – Oduya
C.White – Mottau

Matthew Corrente may be ready to make the move full-time to the NHL, but he won't play in the top four this season. Cory Murphy and Andy Greene are power play specialists.


NY Islanders

Comeau – Tavares – Okposo
Nielsen – Weight – T.Hunter

Will Tavares make a quicker transition to the NHL than Stamkos did with Tampa Bay? I think maybe yes, but Stamkos had Lecavalier, St. Louis and Prospal to help offensively, whereas Tavares has Doug Weight, Kyle Okposo and Blake Comeau.

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Streit – Gervais
Martinek – Witt

Jack Hillen may have a shot at cracking the top four, but he might need some more experience before being ready for prime time.

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