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08-16-2012, 09:42 PM
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I picked Kesler and Booth. I'll list my reasons for picking or not picking each of the listed.

Kesler - I don't think he'll come back until he's ready this year and I feel like coming back early last year he never really got his confidence up. He was struggling because of coming back too early and got frustrated. We never really saw him get into a groove. I think he'll be much better prepared to come back this season when he's finally healthy.

Raymond - I don't feel like he'll ever score 25 goals or 50 points again. I feel like you can expect more of the same next year if he plays the full year...15 goals or so and 35 points. Don't think you'll see a "bounce back" to what he was 3 seasons ago.

Ballard - We have a very clear top 4 here now, so you'll never see big numbers out of Ballard. In terms of defensive play, I thought he was pretty good last year, so I expect more of the same and a stable pairing with Tanev.

Tanev - I already feel like he's a good defensive 3rd pairing guy. Don't think the numbers will take a bump so you won't be able to consider it a "breakout" season, but he'll compliment Ballard well to form a good third pairing.

Malhotra - Unfortunately, I think the eye injury did him in. He'll never be the same.

Kassian - Don't think he'll get the chance quite yet to have a breakout season. I think he'll be good, but his breakout season will be next year (20+ goals, 40+ points next year, not this year).

Booth - I believe if he stays healthy he's a 25-30 goal scorer here. He's streaky, but there will be times where he catches fire and scores 4 or 5 goals in a 3 or 4 game stretch. I think most will be pleasantly surprised with his production. 30 goals and 55 points.

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