Another day, another list (actually this the last of our pre-season type lists). This one is from our 2010 Breakout Bible and highlights some names to keep an eye on this year. They may be considered darkhorse breakout candidates for this season but we really think they’ll be ones to watch for in the 2011/12 season (and the 2011 Breakout Bible). But you never know, they could surprise and hit the ground running quicker than we expect. Either way, these are definitely guys to keep an eye on.... particularly for those of you in keeper leagues.
#10 Jonathan Ericsson – A bit of a longshot but we’re intrigued as Lidstrom has to retire someday and Ericsson’s also a UFA next summer so he may get a bigger role with a new team (ala former Wing Kyle Quincey a few years ago).
#9 Jeremy Morin – Big time sniper who came over to the Hawks in the Byfuglien trade and he’s a young/cheap talent, which is exactly what the Hawks need.
#8 Gustav Nyquist – Led the entire NCAA in scoring last year and while he’ll return to Maine for one more year, he could go directly from there into the Red Wings lineup.
#7 Nazem Kadri – Question marks on if he'll make the Leafs roster out of camp this year (update: the answer was 'NO') but the team is going to struggle (update: yes, we still think they'll struggle), so give him some time and maybe there’s more talent around him next year when he could be the #1C.
#6 Logan Couture – We were close to tabbing him for a breakout this year but held off as the Sharks will take it slow and he may have to be patient on the 3rd line.
#5 Cory Schneider – He’ll be in the NHL full-time this year as Luongo’s backup but this guy deserves a shot at a #1 job and a trade has to be coming soon.
#4 Tyler Seguin – Savard's injury could move him off this list and into true breakout territory but we think he'll be pushed pretty slowly this year. Boston will take the training wheels off next year.
#3 Jacob Markstrom – The Swede looks like the real deal, easily handling whatever challenge is put in front of him… his next challenge will be the AHL this year and with Vokoun a UFA next summer, he could be in the NHL by 2011.
#2 Jonathan Bernier – Dominated the AHL last year but the Kings seem reluctant to demote Jon Quick, so Bernier will have to be patient… it’s only a matter of time.
#1 Nikita Filatov – He’s an all-world talent, so now that he’s finally expected to be given a legit chance, we expect that he’ll breakout in the next two years (we like next year more than this year).