There's a handful of players every season who take their game to the next level. These guys can carry you to fantasy success, often at a discounted price on draft day. Our breakout selections for the 2021-22 campaign are below.
(Note: All players listed are no longer rookie eligible)
Jack Hughes (NJD): Any list of potential breakout players has to start with Hughes, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2019 draft. He played in all 56 games for New Jersey a season ago, posting 11 goals and 31 points. It wouldn't be surprising if he doubled each of those in 2021-22. Hughes is a magician with the puck and possesses the rare ability to make something out of nothing in the offensive zone. The Devils should be an improved team overall with Hughes leading the charge.
Alexis Lafreniere / Kaapo Kakko (NYR): I have Lafreniere and Kakko listed together since, while I expect both to improve immensely, we may only see a true breakout from one of them. Both should play in New York's top-six this season and get significantly more power-play time then a year ago. If forced to choose, I would go with Lafreniere based on how good he looked at the end of last season, but Kakko took significant strides of his own. I would target both in fantasy drafts, if possible, and be happy if one exploded. At minimum, both should provide value in standard leagues.
Jordan Kyrou (STL): Kyrou finished with career