Unlike the disclaimer that appears at the bottom of your investment reports, I believe that past performance is indicative of future returns when it comes to predicting scoring totals for many NHL skaters. The key to being successful in your fantasy leagues, however, is mixing in players who will produce a spike in their totals that is not in line with their history. You'll normally find them among the ranks of those who are bouncing back from injury-plagued seasons or in the early stages of their careers, where they are primed for a breakthrough with new roster opportunities.
Here's a preview of this year's class of forwards, ranked by tiers.
Nikita Kucherov, Connor McDavid, Patrick Kane, Leon Draisaitl, Sidney Crosby, David Pastrnak, Johnny Gaudreau, Nathan MacKinnon, Steven Stamkos, Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Taylor Hall, Blake Wheeler, Artemi Panarin, Alex Ovechkin, Jack Eichel
This list includes players who the non-hockey fan in your life will likely recognize. They're all coming off seasons where they produced at better than a point-per-game clip. This is the blue-chip grouping of elite forwards who can be expected to duplicate their production from last season. The only possible surprise inclusion here may be Taylor Hall, who tallied 37 points in 33 games in 2018-19, but don't forget that he won the Hart Trophy just two seasons ago, and most prognosticators really like the additions that the Devils made