Daniel Sedin: 87
The Sedin twins are still the club’s best players, there is no doubt about that. Daniel isn’t the 100-point player he once was, but he still led the team in goals (28) and points (61) last season. Here’s to hoping he can play at that level for a few more years.
Sven Baertschi: 82
No. 2 on the left-wing depth chart is Sven Baertschi, who is going into his second full NHL season this year. He is making great progress, especially regarding his two-way game, but 15 goals and 28 points aren’t enough to justify more than an 82 rating at this point. The 2016-17 season will give us an idea for how good Baertschi can really be and how high his ceiling is.
Alex Burrows: 82
What?! Alex Burrows the same as Baertschi? Yes. Yes, he is. Burrows isn’t the player he was in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals run, but he is a leader and a good two-way player. He still has enough in him to surpass his 2015-16 total of 22 points and, at the very least, he will bring strong defensive play and excellent speed to the bottom six.
Emerson Etem: 81
Next up is Emerson Etem, who is still struggling to make a name for himself in the NHL. Well, he does have 193 NHL games under his belt, including 23 in the playoffs, but it is still hard to say what kind of player he can be. Some nights, he shows flashes of speed and skill that make you think he’ll be a great second liner. Other nights, you wonder why we could ever call him anything other than a fourth liner. An 81 with top-six potential but low potential accuracy.
Brendan Gaunce: 75
Can Brendan Gaunce make the team this year? He will definitely need a strong training camp to do so. Having played 20 NHL games last season, he is closer to his goal than ever — but can he stick around? A goal and no assists isn’t enough to justify a high rating, but as a 75, he is just good enough to gain NHL experience.