Five NHL Players That Will Breakout In 2017/18

The beauty of being a professional sports fan, is picking and choosing the sport,team, and players you wish to follow. Some fans prefer the physical attributes of a player. Some fans like the speed of a player, or some fans just like a player because of his or her personality. This article is about a  new group of players that may or may not breakout in the National Hockey league in 2017/18.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The first player we’ll focus on is Maple Leafs center Auston Mathews. Mathews was clearly the top rookie in the league last year with 40 goals and 29 assists totaling 69 points Mathews was an integral force for the Leafs last year which resulted in a playoff berth despite losing to the Caps in the first round. Mathews is also a slick puck handler and extremely dangerous on the power play. If Mathews can stay healthy,he should be a top five player in the league for a long time to come.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Buffalo has a unique player in defenseman  Jack Eichel. The Boston University product left school early to enter the NHL draft in 2015. Eichel was the top Sabre defenseman last  year tallying 24 goals and 33 assist for 57 points. Eichel just 18 years old played in 81 games. Eichel was also an player on the teams power play last year. His hard work and dedication earned him a spot on the NHL All Rookie team . Look for Eichel to be the face of Buffalos’ franchise for years to come.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Winger David Pastrnak of the Bruins is another player on the rise. With three years of NHL service, Pastrnak has been a key factor in the Bruins resurgence to playing playoff hockey. Pastrnak came into his own last year netting 34 goals, and 36 assist for 70 points. Pastrnak was also an important player on the power play. In 2015/16 he scored 15 goals,11 assists for 26 points. The question is can he keep doing it? Playing alonside Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron should only fuel him. Rewarded with a six year contract, he  should be a Bruin for years to come.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Center Alexander Barkov of Florida is one of the  fastest skaters, in the league. In his first season Barkov scored 21 goals, and 31 assist totaling 52 points . Barkov however, missed 21 games due to an injury. Barkov was a force on on the power play not to mention being a great passer.If he can stay healthy he  wii be an important piece in the Panthers push to the playoffs for a long time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Like fellow teammate Barkov, Panther centerman Vincent Trocheck may also be a star in the making.Trocheck was the Panthers 2013 number one pick. For two years, Trocheck has quietly been one of the most productive scorers in the league. Last year Trocheck scored 23 goals, and 31 assists for 54 points. Trocheck was also healthy for all 82 games last year. The year before he scored 25goals,along with 28 assists  for 53 points in 76 games.   If he can stay healthy, he may  breakout, and be one of the top players in the league within time.

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