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Breakout Tracker - December 2008

As promised in the Breakout Bible, we're monitoring our breakout predictions and breakout players all year long... so here's the December edition of the Breakout Tracker.

Attached is a file which gives you our Top 50 Breakout Candidates from the Breakout Bible 2008 and tracks how our pre-season predictions have fared so far, and also how some of our peers stack up.  We base this on player stats thru December 31st and project a player's points over 82 games (adjusted for significant injuries or games missed) and compare that to the predictions.

We strive to give you the best information and analysis we possibly can, so in the spreadsheet we've noted the picks as follows:

  • Good Picks (within 10% of a player's projected points) = Shaded Green

  • Decent Picks (between 10% & 20%) = Shaded White

  • Poor Picks (outside of 20%) = Shaded Red 

Remember that most fantasy hockey websites will consider being within 10 or 20 points as being a good prediction (that is if they even publish how their picks are doing) but we think you deserve better so we're raising the bar.  

We also provide you with a list of the top breakout players so far (thru Dec 31st).  Remember that our definition of a breakout player is a forward that breaks 50 points for the first time, a dman who breaks 30 points for the first time or a goalie who establishes themselves as a starting goalie for the first time.  

Our record so far isn't stellar but we are ahead of our peers, so we'll mention that as much as possible.  We're feeling good about our predictions for guys like Joe Pavelski, Alexander Edler and Keith Yandle and the fact that they were overlooked by pretty much all the other sites.  We also called the breakouts by David Krejci, Phil Kessel and Cam Barker and are pleasantly surprised that they're exceeding our (and everyone's) expectations.  On the downside we've got egg on our faces for our call on guys like Sergei Kostitsyn, Andrew Cogliano and Nigel Dawes.

Get the Breakout Tracker xls sheet here... Download Breakout Tracker_December08

For much more analysis on all our breakout players, you can still purchase our 79 page Breakout Bible 2008 for $5 by following this link.