5th Offensive Leading Scorer: Evgeni Dadonov
The Panthers are placing huge expectations on Dadonov for this year as he returns to the NHL after playing five seasons in the KHL. While playing for SKA St. Petersburg last year, Dadonov put up 66 points in only 53 games. Although the KHL is easier than the NHL, Evgeni showed that he can contribute offensively at a high rate.
Dale Tallon has already noted that he expects Evgeni to play on the first line along with Huberdeau and Barkov. Playing with the two best players on the team should give Dadonov plenty of opportunities to showcase his game. If Dadonov wants to prove that he does in fact belong in the NHL, he needs to have a good offensive year. Fans should not expect Dadonov to be a superstar, but more of a supporting figure on the 1st line.
Prediction: 17 goals, 24 assists and 41 points.