Nashville Predators: Three Unlikely Potential Breakout Players

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Pontus Aberg

My first candidate for a breakout 2017-18 is winger Pontus Aberg. The Predators took Aberg in the 2nd round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Since joining the Admirals in the AHL full-time in 2014, Aberg has slowly made a name for himself. He played two full seasons with Milwaukee from 2014-2016, where he racked up 74 points in 143 games. This past season he spent 56 games in the AHL, and 15 in the NHL. In his 56 AHL games, Aberg scored 31 goals and had 21 assists, making a significant jump from his previous two seasons. He skated in 16 playoff games this past

year, and made a huge impact on the ice when he was out there. He finished with 5 points, including this filthy goal in the Finals.

The 24-year-old Swede appears to be ready to finally make the full-time jump to the NHL this season. If he makes a spot on the final roster, look for Aberg to finish the year with 15-20 goals, and 20-25 assists. He is an electric playmaker, who brings a spark to the ice with his quick game and great vision.