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Central Division Breakout Candidates

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2010 by davepoleck

Alright, since I’m way behind on all of¬†the predictions I wanted to make, I’m going to get through these last two divisions rather quickly. You just have to trust that three games of the regular season didn’t change my opinion on anything: Continue reading

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Atlantic Division Breakout Candidates

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2010 by davepoleck

Here we go with another awesome puck picture and my picks for breakouts in the tough Atlantic.

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Southeast Division Breakouts Candidates

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by davepoleck

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

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Pacific Division Breakout Candidates

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by davepoleck

A little bit later than expected but here I go starting off with the Pacific Division. Many of these players will range on how exactly I see them breaking out in 2010-11; some started their upswing last season, others are rookies, others are just chosen because a team’s future looks so unpromising that they were the only choice. Enjoy: Continue reading

Breakout Candidates

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2010 by davepoleck

Over the next few days, I will be laying out who I think will have the biggest breakout season for each team in the NHL.

This could mean a rookie hitting 40 points, or a player going from from 55 to 70 points, and even from 75 to 90+. It all depends on the circumstances and expectations. If a player is already expected to increase their point total by 10 points, and I think they will indeed increase by 10 points, you won’t see them on this list. However, if a player is expected to produce¬†5-10 more points than last year, and I think they’ll get 10-15-20 more, they will certainly be on this list.

For example, while many would put Ville Leino as the breakout star of the 2010 Playoffs (I am tempted too as well), Claude Giroux was the real star in my opinion. While Leino had a lot of hype coming in to Detroit, it was all but deflated by the time he was traded to the Flyers at the deadline last year. Giroux on the other hand, is all about hype. He might be the reason the Philly is able to trade Jeff Carter this season, and he proved it with 21 points in 23 games last postseason.

So, enjoy…I’ll start with the Pacfic Division teams.