Predicting the Most Improved Players for the 2016-17 NHL Season

July 14th, 2016 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
The latest crop of young talent has been drafted and evaluated. The free agents have been signed—most of them, anyway. The big trades have gone down.

At this point, we have a good idea how most teams' rosters will look once opening night of the NHL's 2016-17 season rolls around on October 12.

Of course, some players will suffer injuries or development setbacks that will prevent them from reaching their potential. But others will thrive—maybe as part of their continuing hockey evolution or maybe because of a change in circumstances that works to their particular benefit.

This look at the NHL players who are poised to show the biggest improvements next season doesn't focus on raw rookies getting their first taste of hockey's top league or players joining the NHL after spending time in Europe. Each player has at least one year of NHL hockey in the books and is poised to take a big step forward in 2016-17.

Who else do you think has a chance to stake a claim on a spot as part of the NHL's All-Improved Team next season?

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