Each team has one or more individual superstars, but they also have their share of guys looking to make a name for themselves in the NHL. These guys usually start out with a respectable points total and a small amount of responsibility on the ice, but as they develop, they are able to play bigger roles on their teams.
Every year, several players lay the groundwork for the start of a successful NHL career. They are able to use what they learn early in their careers to mature and become contributors, and sometimes become some of the best players in the league.
Who will those guys be in the 2011-12 NHL season?
Based on statistics from the 2010-11 season, here are some guys who could have their breakout year next year.