Every year, on every team, someone comes basically out of nowhere and has a heck of a year and really surprizes the fans. Last year it was Antero Niittymaki, the year before either Siedenberg or Vandermeer take your pick, a couple of years ago it was Fedotenko.
Who will it be this year? You don't even need a reason why, a gut feeling will do. Obviously it can't be guys like Gagne or Esche or JR, because they're known players. Someone obscure.
With Recchi out of the picture and guys like Leclair and Amonte on the bubble, Radivojevic could potentially see some 2nd line time as well. He could fit well with a skill centre and a power forward like Knuble.
Somik still has lots to prove by the way Hitch has been talking him up the last couple seasons, and Sharp could still surpass all expectations of him being a 3rd/4th line forward.
I think Eager and Umberger will likely start the season (if there is one) with the Phantoms, but will impress many in late season call-ups once the rosters are expanded.