Last year, I made some predictions on NHL players who could possibly break out in the 2013-14 season. I definitely got Tyler Seguin right, and to a certain extent, Danny DeKeyser and Kyle Okposo had breakout years as well. You can also argue that I would have gotten Mikhail Grabovski right if it wasn’t for his injury.
However, I did not write this article to show off how smart I was. In fact, I actually made two very bad mistakes in my predictions last year- Viktor Stalberg and Paul Ranger. I thought that Stalberg was going to fit in well with Barry Trotz’s lineup, and become a high-scorer on a defensive-minded team. Unfortunately, he underperformed a bit, putting up his lowest point totals since his rookie season. Paul Ranger, on the other hand, was coming off an amazing comeback stint in the AHL and was regarded as one of the best defenceman in the minors. Despite the good story, Ranger turned into a 6th or 7th defenceman on one of the worst defence corps in the league, the Toronto Maple Leafs’.
Hopefully I get these players right this year, so let’s take a look at them!