Southeast Division Breakouts Candidates

Next up are my breakouts for the Southeast Division in the East.

Atlanta Thrasher – Zach Bogosian

Entering his third NHL season (second full one), Bogosian is primed to become not only one of the better defencemen in the League, but one of the best all around fantasy options because of his tenacity and willingness to shoot the puck. While he was a -18 last year and still has Tobias Enstrom ahead of him on the depth chart, Pavel Kubina is now on Tampa Bay and Ron Hainsey is not even close to the offensive option they thought he might be. I think Bryan Little is going to have a big year, but his breakout came two seasons ago before an absolutely terrible one last year.

Carolina Hurricanes – Jamie McBain

Another young American defensmen to look out for is Jamie McBain in Carolina. McBain had a very successful 40 points in 68 games in Albany before coming up to Carolina and finishing the year with 10 points in 14 games. Over that span he averaged 25 minutes a game and while was given some powerplay time, only one of his nine points came with the man advantage. Even strength production is a great sign for a young defender.

Florida Panthers – Michael Frolik

While I don’t think he will reach the heights of his potential this season, there aren’t many other options on the lowly Panthers. Frolik actually regressed after a successful 45 point rookie season, but with the trading of Nathan Horton and the waiving of Grabner this past week, there is little to no competition for Frolik on the right wing. Here’s hoping at least one of Florida’s high draft picks actually turns out.

Tampa Bay Lightning – Dan Ellis

Let’s face it; the Lightning are going to have to heavily rely on their top six to make it into the playoffs this year. They have one of the shallowest bottom six in the NHL and already saw breakouts from Stamkos and Downie last year. TheLightning are pushing Mike Smith as their starter out of camp, but he will inevitably be hurt before Christmas. Ellis was brought in as an insurance policy and he should get more of a chance than he did in Nashville. Victor Hedman will make some strides in his second year, but he will likely have to prove himself all over again to new coach Guy Boucher.

Washington Capitals – John Carlson

John Carlson pretty much wins everywhere. He has already been apart of two Calder Cup winning teams in Hershey, and was apart of Team USA that upset Canada in the 2010 WJHC. He scored the game winning goals in last year`s Calder clincher and in the gold medal game as well. I haven`t seen too much of him, but from what I`ve heard he is no where near the defensive liability that Mike Green is, and his current pedigree has show that he doesn`t fold under the pressure of the big game. I think he will get 30-40 points this year.

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2 Responses to “Southeast Division Breakouts Candidates”

  1. […] reason I`m mentioning his claim by the Lightning is because as mentioned in my Southeast Division Breakout Candidate article, the Lightning are extremely thin in their bottom six. Another promising note for Ritola is […]

  2. […] reason I`m mentioning his claim by the Lightning is because as mentioned in my Southeast Division Breakout Candidate article, the Lightning are extremely thin in their bottom six. Another promising note for Ritola is […]

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