G: 30 A: 58 PTS: 88
The captain has grown each and every year. After last season’s massive 10-goal and 20-point jump, we are about to see prime Nico Hischier this season. With Timo Meier and him paired up for hopefully the next decade, this team’s other top-six line should be a massive threat offensively and a defensive nightmare for other teams thanks to Hischier’s 200 200-foot play. This season, he will push for that 30-goal mark again. His offensive production should mainly get its increase from being with a legit sniper(or two) for most of the season.
G: 43 A: 40 PTS: 83
Meier has had some good numbers, especially on the goal front last year. However, his point totals could probably have been a lot higher had he been on a better team. This season, he finally is and will benefit from it massively. He is surrounded by better playmakers and teams will have to decide if they want to put their best against his line or Hughes’s line which could lead to some easier matchups at times, and his motivation should be very high knowing he is fighting for a Cup not draft position on this team.
G: 16 A: 26 PTS: 42
Alex Holtz is going to be one of the hardest to predict yet again this season. As of right now, he looks like he will be getting a longer chance with Meier and Hischier. The former seventh-overall pick has been very close to making this roster for a long time now, and this is his big chance to show the team that he not only belongs in the NHL but belongs in the top six. If he plays up to his ability and preseason form, he could push half a point per game. Even if he doesn’t spend all his time with the captain’s line, he could do very well on a third line that should be feasting on weaker competition all season.