What is a "breakout?" For one, it's an overused cliche.
Secondly, it's a term that has lofty expectations built in. Fans read about a player on the web and start to think that a 22-year-old kid who has 74 career points is ready to top that in one season. A fantasy expert says to watch out for a guy because "he'll play the point on the first power-play unit," and people expect him to finish in top three in points at his position.
Unfortunately, Claude Griouxs and Keith Yandles don't grow on trees.
Talent doesn't always equal production. You have to look at the total package: the player, the type of game he plays and the role they will find themselves in.
Here are some players ready to take the proverbial next step in 2011-2012...
(Author's note: as some comments have pointed out, this list excludes some notable second-year players. That is because I am currently working on a list that is geared specifically toward sophomores and didn't want to be redundant.)