With the retirement of defenseman Rob Blake, and the return to Russia of goalie Evgeni Nabokov, the time is now for the Sharks' young defensemen to fulfill their potential, including 23-year-old Marc-Edouard Vlasic.... The Kings' Dustin Brown is the most physical forward in the league, especially on the forecheck.... The Coyotes' power play ranked 28th in the NHL last season. That should change with the addition of power-play specialist Ray Whitney from Carolina.... To have a chance of reaching the postseason, the Ducks need superlative goaltending from Jonas Hiller.... Brad Richards
(right) is an unsung superstar, but the center won't be able to make up for the Stars' lack of depth at both ends of the ice.