Thursday, July 13, 2006

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.

18 Comments:

At 2:44 AM, July 13, 2006, Anonymous rajeev said...

brule, malkin, semin; federov, forsberg; frolov, samuelsson.

 
At 2:49 AM, July 13, 2006, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Do I get paid for this?

 
At 6:06 AM, July 13, 2006, Anonymous tomd said...

vermette from Ottawa..unless Murray screws him about again
eaves as well

 
At 7:29 AM, July 13, 2006, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

Chris Higgins, Montreal Canadiens.

 
At 9:29 AM, July 13, 2006, Anonymous lowetide said...

That Penner kid in Anaheim, San Jose load on RW (can't remember his name just now but I know it isn't Serge Bernier but similar. Steve Bernier?)

Jay Bouwmeester is going to have a big season too, and Dan Hamhuis will take another step forward.

 
At 9:30 AM, July 13, 2006, Anonymous David Johnson said...

I think Nathan Horton is in for a big year. He had a nice year last year (28 goals) but I am betting on a 40+ goal year this year as he'll benefit from having Bertuzzi there.

Keith Tkachuk will also rebound after a tough season last year. Look for 35-40 goals from him.

And now that Gaborik has some quality offensive players around him he should improve his offensive output significantly.

 
At 9:45 AM, July 13, 2006, Blogger Matt said...

Matthew Lombardi. I am going to continue to predict this every year until he either does it or retires.

 
At 12:04 PM, July 13, 2006, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

If Matt says Lombardi, I'm going to say Georges Laraque. The odds are about the same.

 
At 1:11 PM, July 13, 2006, Anonymous Jason Mandell said...

milan michalek should score 30-40 next year on a line with marleau and bernier.

 
At 1:50 PM, July 13, 2006, Anonymous Paul said...

I don't know where Mark Bell would fit in, but I expect a monstor season from him in San Jose.

 
At 11:20 PM, July 13, 2006, Anonymous Cam said...

I think Matthew Lombardi has the largest actual performance to potential performance discrepancy in the NHL.

 
At 10:56 AM, July 14, 2006, Blogger Ritch said...

I think Brad Boyes could have a big year for the Bruins, and I agree with the Mark Bell thing too.

But if you really wanna see the next big thing first, the #1 and #5 picks in this year's draft will both be playing Golden Gophers hockey.

Now that's a hot ticket.

 
At 11:04 AM, July 14, 2006, Anonymous Andy Hall said...

It is time for Sjostrom (PHX)

 
At 3:43 PM, July 14, 2006, Blogger DrFrankLives said...

Andrew Ladd, Carolina Hurricanes.

 
At 5:50 PM, July 14, 2006, Anonymous Stuart Russell said...

Francois Beauchemin looked sound in the playoffs playing with Niedermayer. It'll be interesting next season to see if he keeps the same partner or lines up with Pronger. The Ducks look awesome on the blue line!

I also think Colby Armstrong could amass a load of points if the Pens can get a few more players in under the cap.

 
At 11:47 AM, July 15, 2006, Anonymous Mike said...

Hoping....
Carter, Richards, Umberger

Just call me a homer.

 
At 2:00 PM, July 16, 2006, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

Lukas Krajicek for the Canucks. I'd be shocked if he didn't crack 30-35 points at least.

 
At 3:44 AM, July 17, 2006, Blogger Achtungbaby said...

I'll go out on a thin limb and mention Rob Schremp(if he makes the team. If not I look like an ass). Powerplays were huge the past year. I'm predicting 30-45 points easily from this guy. Especially with the depleted Oilers roster.

As for guys who are already in the NHL in first place, I need to see another season. For some reason I don't think Steen is one of those guys who has a better 2nd season than his first.

We will see.

 

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