Jordan Eberle, Oilers
Eberle was a first-round pick in June by Edmonton who had a nice season in the Western Hockey League. Oh, and he scored what will become one of the most famous goals in his country’s history when he sent the Canada-Russia semifinal at the world junior championships into overtime with less than six seconds left. No pressure or new expectations to live up to now, though.
Brad Richards, Stars
Richards returned early from a broken wrist to attempt to lead his team into the playoffs… and proceeded to break a bone in his other hand in his first game back. If the teetering Stars weren’t a long shot to make the postseason, losing Richards (again) should be the final blow in a roller-coaster season in Dallas.