Nashville Predators: Three Unlikely Potential Breakout Players

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Frederick Gaudreau

This one might be a little more off the radar, but I think this guy is for real. Frederick Gaudreau, the Predators 24-year-old Canadian center, is poised for a breakout year. Gaudreau has spent the last two seasons in the AHL, while seeing brief stints in the NHL. Only 9 games with the Predators overall though. In 141 games in Milwaukee, Gaudreau has tallied 90 points-40 goals, 50 assists. That kind of balance is what NHL teams look for in a center. He can score when given the chance but shines when setting up his linemates.

Gaudreau stepped up big time during the playoffs after the Johansen and Fiala injuries and had 3 huge goals in his 8 games. To me, Gaudreau proved his NHL-worthiness during his playoff run. He was an electric player who seemed to always be buzzing to the puck. Another Arvidsson-type player if you will. He brings a great offensive/defensive dynamic to the table and seems to be developing into a total package. If things go his way this season, look for 10-15 goals, and 20 or so assists.