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Mike Comrie, C – New York Islanders

Is it time to face the music? Are the New York Islanders a good team? Yes, after just one game in the 2007-08, I'm emphatically stating that they are.

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Listen, their roster was a bunch of makeshift scraps last season and Ted Nolan made it work – why won't it work now that they've got their personnel in place?

Mike Comrie heads the top line on what I consider to be a playoff team. I think he is going to have enough value to keep in your lineup for a while. There is enough upside to pick him up even if you are skeptical of the Islanders.

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Dainus Zubrus, C – New Jersey Devils

I'm not as high on Dainus Zubrus as I am on Comrie, but Zubrus does have a track record. Zubrus has posted back-to-back 20-goal seasons, topping 50 points both times. Now he plays on the top line in New Jersey next Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta, which is probably the best spot he's been in for a couple of years. The Devils will once again be a defensive team, which hurts his value.

Jonathan Bernier, G – Los Angeles Kings

Younger skill players are getting a chance to shine at the pro level earlier than ever and although that mostly applies to forwards and skill players, Jonathan Bernier is benefiting from the youth movement in Los Angeles. The Kings should be around .500 and it seems that in many leagues there is a scramble for starting goaltenders. The key for me is that Bernier got the start over Jason LaBarbera in the season opener and looked pretty good in his first outing. Keep an eye on him.

Sergei Fedorov, C – Columbus Blue Jackets

Ken Hitchcock is turning around the Columbus Blue Jackets slowly, which might mean some of their players have some fantasy value to offer. Sergei Fedorov isn't exactly perceived to be a Hitchcock guy, but that is hard to gauge. In his final 20 games last season, Fedorov had zero multi-point games. He already notched one in this season's opener. Playing alongside Rick Nash and David Vyborny, Fedorov could be fairly productive if he stays healthy.

Phil Kessel, W – Boston Bruins

Phil Kessel is arguably the Boston Bruins' best up-and-coming talent on the front lines. The key here is to watch which lines he plays on. If he skates with the second line along with Patrice Bergeron and Marco Sturm, whom he seems to be comfortable with, Kessel could push 50 or 60 points. If he's on the third line, he should stay on the waiver-wire.

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