With the arguable exception of Pionk, none of the younger players, the presumptive nucleus of a future contender, are having breakthrough years. This applies to Andersson, Chytl, Howden, Vesey, Buchnevich, Skjei and DeAngelo. The only players who have brought their games up a grade are veterans: Hayes, Kreider and Staal. No, I'm not writing off the younger guys, but for this season to be a considered a success, at least some of them would have had to clearly establish that they are on trajectories to become top six and top four players on contenders. That simply has not happened.