NHL Fantasy Hockey Rumors: 5 Breakout Candidates for 2017-2018

By TheHockeyPress .
Sep. 07, 2017

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Here are the Fantasy Hockey 2017-2018 Breakout Candidates:

Name: Sebastian Aho | Age: 20 years

Salary: 2 years | $0.925M

Team: Carolina Hurricanes

Overview: The man by the name of Sebastian Aho is one of the biggest Fantasy Hockey breakout candidates for 2017-2018. With 24 goals and 25 assists in 82 games last season, Aho had a 11.2 S% with limited ice time. Now he will see Top 6 minutes playing a significant role on the team. He was in the Top 15 rookie goal scorers and will only improve. He is superstar in the making trust me. Great hands and a great mind.

Projection: I'd project Sebastian Aho to get 60 points next season. I would select him with my 6th pick.

Name: Jakob Silfverberg | Age: 26 years

Salary: 4 years | $3.75M

Team: Anaheim Ducks

Overview: This guy has been an under the radar Fantasy player for years now. He's always been considered to breakout year after year and while he puts up good numbers, I would be shocked if he didn't improve next year. Playing alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on the PP and Ryan Kesler all year will benefit him tremendously. Last year he had 23 goals and 26 assists in 79 games which is a career high. I think it's finally time he hits that 50 point mark in his career. Shooting 227 shots in 2016-2017, scoring shouldn't be a problem for Silfverberg next season.

Projection: I'd project him to score 30 goals and 20 assists next season with a high chance of exceeding that prediction. I'd select him with my 7th pick.

Name: Oscar Klefbom | Age: 23 years

Salary: 3 years | $4.16M

Team: Edmonton Oilers

Overview: After riding the Connor McDavid show for the first half of the season Oscar Klefbom rose up and went off in the second off. Finishing the year with 12 goals, and 26 assists in 82 games last season. He plays on the Top PP with Connor McDavid and is bound to get more points. Last season 16 of his points came on the Power-Play and it will likely rise next season. His was given 22:22 min in TOI and took over 200 shots. This guy is the real deal and shouldn't be taken for granted.

Projection: I project around 45 points for this guy. Note that is the bare minimum so he is for sure a Top 5 (Round) pick in your Pools.

Name: Aaron Ekblad | Age: 25 years

Salary: 8 years | $7.5M

Team: Florida Panthers

Overview: The former 1st Overall pick hit the NHL at a great pace. Coming in as a rookie he scored 39 points in 81 games but that was the highest he has had, then he came in with 36 points in 2015-2016 and only 21 points last season (Note he only played in 68 games in 2016-2017). Ekblad was also a -23 for the first time in his career but did take 225 shots which is a career high and was a significant boost from years past where he only took around 170-180. He was ranked amongst some of the highest young defenseman to start the season but started to dip along with the Florida Panthers season. We'll see how this trend continues to go but I feel Ekblad is ready for a bounce back year.

Projection: I project around 35-45 points. Primarily getting them on the PP. I'd take him with my 6th or 7th pick.

Name: Scott Darling | Age: 28 years

Salary: 4 years | $4.15M

Team: Carolina Hurricanes

Overview: After being traded to the Canes by the Chicago Blackhawks, Darling will finally see his starts as a starting goaltender in the NHL. Playing in 35 games, Darling won 18 of them including the ones he came in relief for. Last season he had a .924 S% and acquired 2 shutouts. Now he goes to a Canes team who has a balanced all round defense and a reliable scoring group. Darling has been consistent all his life and I wouldn't be surprised if he did the same in Carolina.

Projection: I project him to start in 60 games and winning in over half of them. Take him as a plan b goaltender option if all the other goalies are gone.

Other Candidates: Connor Brown, Bo Horvat, Colton Parayko, Morgan Reilly, Mike Smith, Antti Raanta.

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