With the arrival of Jokinen, I don't see Antro getting the same type of minutes as he did last year. PP time will likely be reduced, and he'll probably be deployed vs. the opposition top lines more frequently.
Voted 25-29. I expect he ends up with around 27pts - reduced TOI, and more difficult defensive matchups as part of the 3rd line will factor in. On the plus side, if that line ends up being stable (say Poni, Antro and Welly), they've shown chemistry in the past with the Leafs. I see this as being a very good line that should do well in a shut down role, and still be dangerous around the net.
I don't think Antro will beat Wellwood to start in the top6 or Burmistrov to end in the top6, so he will most likely be a 3rd liner for majority - if not all - of the season. His average TOI equals to the GST line last year so that most likely won't change. The loss of Kane/Ladd being on his wing and increase in defensive minutes will most likely hurt his production... but my guess is not much because I think Nik may improve slightly this year in effort/effectiveness.
Most common line-mates (in order):
Wellwood (415:52), Ladd (308:12), Kane (227:54), Burmistrov (226:43)
Most common D on ice with (in order):
Stuart (285:56), Bogosian (252:10), Oduya (237:04), Hainsey (206:17)
Interesting Facts of the Day
Go back and look at Wellwood's advance stats I posted, then come here and look at Antropov... similar?
For 5v5 */60 in the NHL for RWers:
Antropov was 42nd in G/60 and 29th in A1/60
Wellwood was 43rd in G/60 and 30th in A1/60
What differed them last year was TOI, secondary assists (which depend mostly on luck for forwards) and games played (and Antropov's sh% was near to his career average, unlike Wellwood)
(EDIT) Yet fans opinions on the two differ by quite a large margin... shows you what pts/$ and subjective perception can do to you.
Hainsey, Wellwood, Poni and Antro will all be pending UFAs... but I'm not sure the Jets can move any of em if they are in the playoff hunt.
To be fair, teams may be looking to bulk up in size right before the playoffs, considering how dominant teams like Boston and LA were physically when they won the Cup. So a 6'6 center on a contract year may be a decent acquisition, as long as he can put up some points next year and make himself look less than useless.
I have a feeling this will be a better season for Antropov. Although he may get less ice time being pushed back to the third line for most, if not all of the season, I say he will produce 35+ pts due to the fact that many have pointed out already (contract year, better chemistry with former line mates, etc). Hopefully he will play most of the games, free of injuries.