The Canucks are deep at every position, especially after the addition of defensemen Dan Hamhuis and Keith Ballard.... The Avalanche's scoring sensation, center Matt Duchene, could struggle this year as teams create game plans to shut him down.... The Flames cannot afford to have the NHL's 29th-rated offense again. That means new forwards Alex Tanguay and Olli Jokinen have to improve on the 25 total goals they combined for last year.... The offensively challenged Wild needs winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard
(below), who missed all but one game last year after suffering a concussion in the opener, to return to the form he had in 2008--09 (16 goals, 30 assists).... If he stays healthy, expect Oilers wing Taylor Hall, the top pick in this year's draft, to compete for the Calder Trophy.