Every year, there's a new crop of breakout players in the NHL. The skaters below are all candidates to be among those that breakout during the 2019-20 campaign. All of these players have previous NHL experience, be it in the regular season or playoffs, but none of them have broken the 40-point mark in a season and neither goalie has reached 20 career wins.
Ryan Donato, Minnesota Wild - Donato failed to carve out a prominent role in a deep Bruins forward corps, but he spread his wings after being traded to Minnesota in February, racking up 16 points in 22 games – a 60-point pace when extrapolated to a full 82-game slate. The 23-year-old forward did so despite registering a sub-par 6.3 shooting percentage with his new club, so he'll be in a good position for a full-on breakout with a top-six role and prominent power-play time likely to come in his first full season with the Wild.
Andrei Svechnikov, Carolina Hurricanes - Svechnikov is being universally pushed as a breakout candidate, and for good reason. The second overall selection from the 2018 draft potted 20 goals while totaling 37 points as a rookie last year, and he doesn't turn 20 until March 26. Svechnikov's ceiling will climb even higher if he joins elite pivot Sebastian Aho on the top line and/or No. 1 power-play unit, but the young Russian will be a threat to break the 30-goal mark even if he remains in a middle-six