No. 12, Eric Staal (Center): Must be the team leader and a consistent offensive producer.
No. 28, Alexander Semin (Right wing): : A 30-plus goal-scoring season and team-before-self play is needed.
No. 19, Jiri Tlusty (Left wing): Needs to regain scoring touch that made him one of NHL leaders in 2013.
No. 49, Victor Rask (Center): Given a big opportunity, Swede must prove he belongs in the NHL.
No. 53, Jeff Skinner (Left wing): A concussion in preseason was a setback. Canes need him back soon.
No. 16, Elias Lindholm (Right wing): Learned a lot as rookie last season and must be more consistent.
No. 20, Riley Nash (Center): Career has been trending in right direction and that must continue.
No. 14, Nathan Gerbe (Left wing): Must show the same durability and fearlessness he had last season.
No. 25, Chris Terry (Left wing): Won roster spot over Zach Boychuk and must continue good two-way play.
No. 18, Jay McClement (Center): Signed to replace Manny Malhotra, must be steady fourth-line center.
No. 24, Brad Malone (Left wing): Gives Canes some needed size in lineup and must show toughness.
No. 39, Patrick Dwyer (Right wing): Must continue to be hustling penalty killer and pest on ice.
No. 4, Andrej Sekera (Defenseman): Coming off breakout season, must back it up with similar numbers.
No. 27, Justin Faulk (Defenseman): Needs to show hunger he had to win NCAA title, play in Olympics.
No. 65, Ron Hainsey (Defenseman): Never flashy, he has to continue steady play and be team leader.
No. 6, Tim Gleason (Defenseman): Must be old snarling, physical self in return to Canes.
No. 26, John-Michael Liles (Defenseman): Has offensive skills but needs to be tougher in defensive end.
No. 44, Jay Harrison (Defenseman): Coming off uneven season, veteran needs to eliminate dips in play.
No. 7, Ryan Murphy (Defenseman): Must step up defensive play and be efficient power-play quarterback.
No. 73, Brett Bellemore (Defenseman): One of team’s tougher players, but must stay healthy and fill his role.
No. 30, Cam Ward (Goalie): Says it could be biggest year in his career and may be right.
No. 31, Anton Khudobin (Goalie): Whether No. 1 or No. 2, must play like he’s No. 1 when in net.