I don't think Pacioretty and Weber have enough experience in the NHL to really have a breakout year. It's just too soon. We never know what could happen though...with a new coach and a new philosophy, anything can happen I guess. As for Chipchura, I think he'll made it, but with his kind of upside, even if he has a breakout year, he'll still have a defensive role, and I don't think he can have a huge impact right away.
I really hope to see the Kostitsyn breakout in some way, and Higgins and Plekanec both have to come back to a decent form...
Last year washed everything that was on the table. We can only have doubts about those players...and it's too bad. The good thing though is that they can't be worst than last year!
Gorges will have a breakout offensive year, IMO. He is playing great defensively and this year I think he will add to his assists and score some more goals. He is going to turn into a complete defensive player.
O'Byrne will also settle down and become a good dman, hopefully he uses his size and strength a lot more.
A. Kostitsyn should lead the team in goals and should gain more confidence in his overall game. I think he could end up leading the team in points as well, depending on if he gets first unit PP minutes or not.
Price will go back to his winning ways before the injury. I don't think he ever fully gained his confidence after returning and things just seemed to snowball for him through the rest of the season.
Last year's most heralded breakout candidate was infraKostitsyn. It seems the only thing that broke out was his acne. I don't see his name mentioned so prominently this time.
What the Habs most of all is to have all the players who simultaneously had disappointing years snap back.
If I had to name players who might increase their goal scoring to new plateaus, I'd say d'Agostini, followed by Latendresse. Yes, Lats could hit 20 on his fourth try. I also think Higgins and AKost might hit 30 for the first time. I don't mention Pacioretty because he's still a rookie. In his case, anything he did would qualify as a (temporary) breakout.