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Players Likely to Breakout this Season - Dach, Merkley, Samsonov, Swayman, Zadina

The NHL season is just around the corner, with training camp starting up in a few weeks and preseason games scheduled for mid-September. Here are five NHL players that are likely to break out during the upcoming season: #5 Kirby Dach - Montreal Canadiens Dach was playing in a horrible situation with the Chicago Blackhawks. The team was basically tanking in the hopes of a high draft pick. With the Canadiens, it is likely that Dach will have a role on the top offensive lines of a stacked Habs offense.   For the Blackhawks last season, Dach played in 70 games, recording just nine goals and 17 assists for a total of 26 points. The former third-overall pick during the 2019 NHL Entry Draft struggled to produce offense throughout the season.   Dach is a player that plays with solid size, standing at 6-foot-4-inches. He plays a well-rounded game and uses his speed to beat defenders. He is a playmaker who protects the puck well.   Dach was acquired through a trade from Chicago to Montreal

The Hidden Secrets of Mattias Hävelid of the San Jose Sharks: Get to Know Him

Mattias Hävelid was drafted by the San Jose Sharks, 45th overall, during the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. Born in Sweden, Hävelid, a defender, represented Sweden at numerous international hockey events , while playing for his club team, Linkoping HC. 2021-22 : This season, Hävelid spent time playing in the J18, J20, and SHL. Hävelid would destroy competition in the J18 league to begin the season. He would play in two games, score two goals, and record an assist. Linkoping would then call him up to play for the J20 team, and he excelled again. In a brief 29-game stint, the 18-year-old would score ten goals and nine assists. Due to his maturity, Hävelid was able to play in the SHL, the top professional hockey league in Sweden. Hävelid would play in 23 games, unable to record a point. Although, remember he is a d-man.   Analysis : The 5'11" defenseman is described as an undersized, skillful player. The Swede was even ranked as the 19th best European skater by NHL Central Scouting.

Is Ryan Merkley NHL Ready?

       Ryan Merkley is one of the league's most intriguing prospects. From top-10 pick to a projected second-round pick, Merkley was selected 21st overall by the San Jose Sharks. Merkley started the season with the San Jose Barracuda, the AHL affiliate of the Sharks. The defenseman played high-end minutes on the power play and penalty kill. Merkley would eventually be called up and make his debut against the Winnipeg Jets. He played a total of 16 minutes and 11 seconds in his debut. Days later, Merkley would score his first career NHL goal in his second career game. So far this season, Merkley has been up and down between the AHL and NHL. Through his first 21 games, he has recorded three points and a -2 rating. Merkley has made big strides in his game this season. He shall continue to have opportunities with the big squad, due to recent injuries to Mario Ferrero and Erik Karlsson.