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Oshie Set for a Breakout Season

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues
Blues forward T.J. Oshie is among seven candidates expected to have a breakout season in 2011-12, according to

Oshie is joined by Philadelphia's James van Riemsydk, Winnipeg's Evander Kane, Edmonton's Taylor Hall, Boston's Tyler Seguin, Ottawa's Bobby Butler and the New York Islanders' Kyle Okposo.

Here is what said about Oshie:

The Blues have been expecting big things from Oshie ever since they made him their first-round pick in 2005. They waited for him through three seasons at the University of North Dakota and two more in St. Louis that saw him get 39 points as a rookie and 48 in 2009-10.

Oshie looked like he was headed for big things last season when he broke his ankle in a November game against Columbus -- one of a series of major injuries that derailed the Blues' season. The broken ankle sidelined Oshie for 31 games and more than two months. The 12 goals and 34 points he put up in 49 games left the Blues and their fans wanting more.

Oshie, now 24, signed a one-year deal with the Blues this summer, so he has some extra incentive to have the kind of breakout season that can help to carry the Blues back to the playoffs.

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