With the puck set to drop on the 2021-22 NHL season in just a few hours, there's still time to sneak in a few bold predictions you can use as you prepare for your last-minute drafts.
Some may come true, some will not, but keep reading below and see which ones you think have a shot...
Mika Zibanejad will finish top-three in goals
Zibanejad endured horrific shooting luck and was simultaneously getting over a bout of COVID-19 early last season, but he finished the campaign on a tear, potting 21 goals in his final 29 games. That strong finish was reminiscent of Zibanejad's excellent 2019-20, when he ranked fifth league-wide with 41 goals in just 57 games and led all NHL regulars with 0.72 goals per game. With the added peace of mind of having secured an eight-year extension just before the season and surrounded by plenty of talent on an up-and-coming Rangers team, Zibanejad's primed for a massive year.
DeBrincat more than doubled Kane's goal total (32-15) in four fewer games last season, but the two Blackhawks wingers could see a reversal in fortunes this year. Kane totaled 77 goals in 151 games over the two prior years and maintained a shooting percentage of at least 12, so he's likely to bounce back from last year's career lows in both goals (15) and shooting percentage (7.9). DeBrincat, on the other hand, has experienced some wild shooting swings over the past