Atlantic Division Breakout Candidates

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Ottawa Senators

Jan 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen (2) skates with the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the first period at HP Pavilion. Ottawa defeated San Jose 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Cowen – Health seems to be the only thing standing between Cowen and a true breakout season.  If his hip is back to 100%, Cowen should be the Senators’ #3 defenseman and could see time in every situation.  His size, physicality and abilty to jump into the rush could make him an all-around threat.