Atlantic Division Breakout Candidates

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Toronto Maple Leafs

May 12, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner (51) carries the puck against the Boston Bruins during game six of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Bruins 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Gardiner – Concussion problems derailed his season last year, but this could be the coming out party for Gardiner.  He posted 5 points in 6 playoff games, and should finally be a mainstay on the Leafs blue line.  If Cody Franson‘s contract negotiations extend into the season, Gardiner could impose himself into Franson’s spot and not give it up.