7th Offensive Leading Scorer: Henrik Haapala
Could Haapala be Marchessault’s replacement for this year? They are both around the same height and play the same type of fast and intense game. Haapala tallied 60 points in 51 games in the SM-liiga this past year. While the 60 points seems impressive, he only lit the lamp 15 times which could be worrisome.
Dale Tallon has already penciled in Haapala to play on the 2nd line with Trocheck and Vrbata. This should be a good fit because it combines Haapala’s ability to move the puck around to the scorers on his line. While Henrik could struggle mightily to put the puck in the net, he should be dishing assists to Trocheck and Vrbata all the time. Haapala is not a scorer but more of a setup man. It should be an interesting year for him.
Prediction: 8 goals, 27 assists and 35 points