Atlantic Division Breakout Candidates

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Florida Panthers

March19, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Florida Panthers defensemen Erik Gudbranson (44) reacts against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Panthers defeated the Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Erik Gudbranson – Although he might never be a really offensive presence, Gudbranson enters year three with the Panthers on the verge of a breakout season.  He has the potential to be a solid shutdown defenseman who takes care of his own end first, but should pick up some points with his ability to move the puck.