Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/14/13 at 01:30 PM ET
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Here are my nominees for top breakthrough players in the 2013 NHL season, starting with the goaltenders that are poised for bigger roles.
Tuukka Rask, G, Boston - In 102 career NHL games, Rask has a .926 save percentage, which ranks as the best among all goaltenders in NHL history with at least 100 games played. Now, he continues behind Boston's veteran defence and gets to handle a starter's workload while Tim Thomas ponders the fate of the world.
Cory Schneider, G, Vancouver - Took over from Roberto Luongo in the playoffs last year and stopped 97 of 101 shots, which still wasn't enough to stay alive against the Kings. Nevertheless, that transition appears to have set Schneider as the starter coming into this season, even if Luongo remains on the roster. While Schneider only has 68 career games under his belt, his .928 save percentage is a decent indicator that he is ready for the increased responsibility.
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