Now that we're over a third of the way through the lockout shortened 2013 NHL season, we wanted to take a look at some of this year's breakout players. Two that stood out are Sam Gagner of the Edmonton Oilers, and Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers.
What's particularily interesting about these two players, both were drafted in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. More specifically Gagner was selected 6th overall and Voracek was picked 7th (drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets).
There was wild speculation at the draft on who the Oilers would select out of the two players. Fast forward 5 years and both have been productive forwards, but this season they've both had breakout years. In fact both are averaging a point per game (at time of writing).
Here is the 'tale of the tape' between each of their young careers...
Points per game
Points per 60 minutes of ice time
Average Ice time per game
Shots on Goal per Game
Both guys are still early in their career, but this could be one of those scenarios where both players are meeting/exceeding their draft expectations and the Oilers couldn't have gone wrong with their selection.