You could argue that he has already done so, because 44 points in your second year in the NHL is nothing to scoff at, but I really think Anisimov is going to put it all together this year.
I made a bold prediction in an earlier thread that he will be better then Jordan Staal, and I stick by it. He is extremely talented on both sides of the puck, and the only thing that is really holding him back is consistently using his talent. He has shown flashes of brilliance in both a defensive and offensive capacity, and if he can have them on a more consistent basis, he will be a treat to watch.
I predict a season for 25 goals and 35 assists for Anisimov this year over the course of a full season (injuries not withstanding).
We can all see how talented he is and I believe the new headshot rules will give him a little extra space. I think knowing now what to expect in the NHL will be an added benefit. I think it's way to early to give up on him as other posters have....
Of guys who've played on the team before, Anisimov, Stepan, Sauer & McDonagh are all the leading possibilities, IMO. I guess you could also throw Dubi and Cally in there, but in order for either to really "break out" from previous performances they'd have to hit ~70 points. In MDZ's case we're hoping he RETURNS to breakout status, so I'm not sure he counts. Erixon is an obvious choice as a rookie. Less obvious rookie choices would be Hagelin, Valentenko or Kundratek. And then there are out-of-left-field kids, who no one expects to make the team, but could come on like Skinner did for the Canes last year (e.g. Thomas).
The nice thing is that there are a LOT of good choices there - and it's entirely possible that more than one have what we consider "breakout" seasons. To choose just one, I'm going to go with Stepan, although I honestly think what'll happen is you'll see marked, steady improvement by all four of the first names I mentioned plus Erixon stepping right in as a capable contributor from day 1, without any necessarily startling leaps forward.
I agree with lots of these picks. It is probably difficult considering how young our Roster really is.
I really like our young d core, but I feel there is a lack of puck moving talent. All of our players are solid defensively which is most important, but I think we need to see an improvement in the first pass / skating departments. Do any of you guys think our defenseman are capable of a step up in this regard? Girardi produced more offensively last year, as well as Staal. McD and Sauer had solid rookie seasons, with both providing a good defensive first pairing.
Does anyone see one of McD or Sauer taking their offensive game to the next level? I hope to see some more from McD due to his skating ability. I am less sold on Sauer's offense, but I think if MD can develops his a little more I would be extremely happy with that pairing regardless.