This article is part of our Neutral Zone Wrap series.
You may still be concentrating on this season, but there's time to look ahead. You may have advanced to the semis of your staff keeper league playoffs for the first time in nine (maybe 10?) years, but you can also keep an eye on 2016-17.
A number of players fell below expectations this year. Others didn't even receive much of an opportunity to show their skills at the top level. Injuries, slumps or other circumstances may have made them forgettable, but there are reasons to keep them in mind when you're drafting this fall.
NOTE: No one discussed the last few weeks can be covered here. Those are the rules. And the tradition of ignoring goalies continues.
Nathan Beaulieu, D, Montreal
Beaulieu hasn't had an easy go in his NHL career (13 points in 87 games heading into this season). With the Habs in free fall and most of their blueliners sidelined, the 17th selection from 2011 is finally getting an extended look (averaging around 22 minutes the last seven). The points may not be plentiful (18 in 59), but the improvement is encouraging. Just remember Andrei Markov is old (37) and Jeff Petry (97 in 365 lifetime) hardly qualifies as the offensive answer behind No. 76.
Ondrej Palat, LW, Tampa Bay
It's remarkable how far Palat has fallen in less than a year. The middle sibling of the Triplets had improved on his breakout 2013-14 and sustained his success deep into his second campaign (increase from 59