Breaking on out
As part of something I'll be doing over the summer, I'm working on a bit of freelance writing for a hockey publication that comes out in the fall. Part of what they've asked me to do is project who the breakout players of 2006-07 will be — no easy task with NHL rosters in flux as they are.
So, I thought I'd open the question to some of the knowledgeable hockey minds here: Who is this year's Eric Staal? Who's going to return to prominence a la Teemu Selanne? And who will come out of nowhere like Brian Gionta or Andy McDonald?
I'm interested to the names you come up with.