Out of these guys, Kadri. Though I don't know what your criteria for "breakthrough" is. Somebody like Duchene should be on here before Emery.
__________________ ďItís embarrassing. Iím embarrassed to be here right now. Itís not even funny. And itís just embarrassing, the way we, you know, the energy we have in the room and the way we approach practices and the way we approach this game. Itís not how youíre going to win any games in this league." - Jean-Sebastien Giguere, April 8 2013
There is a reason I gave my vote to OEL. His Corsi QoC is top 4 in all defense man. He wasn't even top 30 last season. His point production is also trending upwards with pace to 42 points in a 82 game schedule vs 32 points last season.
Anderson has been great, but he isn't a "breakthrough" player. He has been an on-again off-again stud for like 5 years now.
Horrible list options.
Most of these players were established as good players. Going from good to great isn't exactly 'breakthrough'
it should be between Kadri, Tlusty, OEL and Bobrovsky imo.
Even OEL and Bob have had 'good' seasons. Kadri and Tlusty were the biggest suprises of the year.
undrafted, was never anything special on one of the top teams in the league, was traded for picks, and now is arguably one of the top goalies in the league right now. He is also carrying his team (which has the lowest goals for total in the league) to a few points out of a playoff spot.
To me, OEL and Subban as a couple of other seemingly popular choices, were already this good last year. Subban didn't have the PP points last year, but aside from that, he was used more and carried a much heavier load last year than this year. I don't think guys like these really fit the "breakthrough" label.