At some point, you've got to swing for the fences. It's easy to stay competitive in fantasy hockey by hitting singles and taking the most proven players every year, but once in a while you'll have to take a shot and put the fate of your fantasy season in the hands of players you expect to outperform their draft value. Here are some candidates who could break out in 2020-21, potentially going from very good to elite status.
Kevin Fiala – Minnesota Wild
Scoring 54 points in 64 regular-season games at 24 years old definitely qualifies as a breakout, but Fiala was a different animal in last year's playoffs when he unquestionably became the Wild's most dangerous offensive player. Zach Parise held that title for a long time, but Fiala has one-on-one moves and offensive flair that Parise has simply never possessed. The challenge for the Wild this season will be to find an adequate center for Fiala to play with now that Eric Staal is in Buffalo, but the lack of a quality center may be offset, at least to an extent, by the very talented Kirill Kaprizov playing on the opposite wing. A Fiala-Kaprizov pairing would arguably be the most talented combo the Wild have ever had on offense – each would have point-per-game potential. Minnesota will be a low scoring team, but Fiala should produce a big chunk of the offense.
Jakub Vrana – Washington Capitals
If you're looking for points, Vrana's your guy. Alex Ovechkin hogs