Five players who are on the verge of true NHL stardom – The Hockey News

Which players who broke out last season can cement themselves among the best of the best during the 2018-19 campaign? Here are five players with a shot at true NHL stardom this coming season.

Jonathan Marchessault’s 30-goal, 51-point campaign with the Florida Panthers in 2016-17 put him on the radar. It opened eyes as to what the then-26-year-old winger was capable of doing at the NHL level. But it could safely be said that Marchessault wasn’t what one would consider a real star in the league until he followed up his stunning breakout season with a 27-goal, 75-point performance and another eight goals and 21 points in 20 post-season contests.

Marchessault wasn’t the only player to assert himself as a star last season, though. We saw a true breakout season from Columbus Blue Jackets rearguard Seth Jones, the coming-out party of Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier and proof that youth production was a sign of greater things to come from Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak. And that’s only to name a few.

The coming campaign brings with it the chance for more players to establish themselves as the next wave of NHL stars, and the opportunity to join the yearly conversation about who belongs to be mentioned with the best of the best. And while it would be easy to declare a few high-flying sophomores — the Mathew Barzals, Brock Boesers and Clayton Kellers — or a couple of fresh faces such as Elias Pettersson or Casey Mittelstadt as the players most likely to achieve stardom this season, you’ll find below several players who are set to compete in their third season, at the very least, who could prove once and for all that they deserve mention on a list of bright lights in the NHL:


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