I think Nylander is a good bounce-back candidate this season. After putting up back-to-back seasons of 61 points, he only played in 54 games last season after sitting out because of his contract situation.
He tallied 27 points after an extremely slow start, but I expect Nylander to be back to his old self this year. If he gets significant time on Auston Matthews’ wing, I can see an easy 65-70 point campaign from him. It also doesn’t hurt that most of his production comes at even strength rather than relying on powerplay time.
6. Tyson Barrie
Barrie came over in the trade for Nazem Kadri and should be a welcome addition on Toronto’s blue line. He may not get mentioned in the same sentence as some of the top defenceman in the league but he’s quietly put together some very good seasons and rewarded fantasy owners who have drafted him.
He’s gotten close to 60 points a few times and I think this is the season he finally hits it playing on an absolutely stacked Toronto team. He probably won’t get quite as much powerplay time as he did in Colorado with Morgan Rielly usually playing on the first unit, but he’ll still get time on the second powerplay unit. Expect him to go in the 6th-7th round.