It's Thursday, and we're continuing our analysis of individual players. This time, though, anyone's game.
Who's going to be the breakout player this season? Any surprises out of camp? What about let downs?
Andi: I think Landeskog, Johnson, and Varlamov are due for a good year.... or at least I hope they are. We're in deep trouble if they all don't have a breakout season soon. Stastny and O'Reilly will be duking it out for a contract, and I'm also excited to see Downie and Wilson coming back from injury. If I had to pick one though, I'd say the Captain. Add in a little health and a little Stastny/Tanguay, and he's going to have a good year. Out of camp, I could see Siemens, Bigras, Elliott, Hishon, Sgarbossa, and maybe even Colin Smith making a run at a spot. I doubt any of them get it, but along with Pickard and Aittokallio, those guys are likely to be the late demotions and early call-ups. As far as let downs go, I gotta say Barrie. I hope I'm wrong, but sophomore slumps happen.
Sandie: Break out player: David Jones…. Oh wait a minute… Actually, I’m going to take Steve Downie this season. Surprises: Bigras.