Fantasy hockey bold predictions for 2022

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NOTE: These bold yet feasible scenarios should be taken with a grain of salt but also used as inspiration to think creatively in fantasy leagues, especially in terms of potential line combinations and players’ ceilings in different stat categories. These predictions are a collaborative effort by NHL.com’s fantasy staff and, in many cases, contradict the top 200 rankings.

 

 

Anaheim Ducks: Goalie Anthony Stolarz will outperform John Gibson in wins and save percentage from Jan. 1, 2022 to the end of the regular season.

Arizona Coyotes: Forward Clayton Keller will finish among the NHL’s top 20 in points and shots on goal by season’s end.

Boston Bruins: Goalie Tuukka Rask will lead the NHL in shutouts with at least five from the date of his potential return from injury to the end of the regular season.

Buffalo Sabres: Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin will benefit from the return of forward Alex Tuch and integration of Buffalo’s prospects and finish among the NHL’s top 10 in points at the position by season’s end.

Calgary Flames: The top line of forwards Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk will score the most combined points of any line trio in the NHL from Jan. 1, 2022 to the end of the regular season.

Carolina Hurricanes: Forward Sebastian Aho will lead the NHL in points from Jan. 1, 2022 to the end of the regular season.

Chicago Blackhawks: Forward Jonathan Toews, who scored at least 48 points in each of his first 13 NHL seasons, will lead the Blackhawks in points from Jan. 1, 2022 to the end of the regular season and again reach that mark.

Colorado Avalanche: Defenseman Bowen Byram will return from injury and surpass Moritz Seider of the Detroit Red Wings in points by season’s end for the most among NHL rookies at the position.

Columbus Blue Jackets: Forward Patrik Laine will score the most goals in the NHL from the date of his return from injury (Dec. 30) to the end of the regular season.

Dallas Stars: Goalie Jake Oettinger will rank top five in SV% and goals-against average from Jan. 1, 2022 to the end of the regular season.

Detroit Red Wings: Forward Filip Zadina will lead the Red Wings in goals from Jan. 1, 2022 to the end of the regular season and finish with their most SOG by season’s end, surpassing center Dylan Larkin.

Edmonton Oilers: Defenseman Evan Bouchard will finish second at the position in goals with at least 18 behind Cale Makar of the Avalanche.

Florida Panthers: Forward Anthony Duclair will remain the Panthers’ goal leader at season’s end and finish among the NHL’s top 20 in the category.

Los Angeles Kings: Defenseman Matt Roy will have more assists than Drew Doughty from Jan. 1, 2022 to the end of the regular season.

Minnesota Wild: Forward Mats Zuccarello will join elite linemate Kirill Kaprizov among the NHL’s top 25 in points by season’s end.

Montreal Canadiens: Defenseman Kale Clague, claimed off waivers from the Kings on Dec. 4, will emerge as the Canadiens’ most valuable fantasy player at the position and lead rookie D-men in PPP.

Nashville Predators: Rookie forward Tanner Jeannot will score more points than either Lucas Raymond of the Red Wings or Trevor Zegras of the Ducks from Jan. 1, 2022 to the end of the regular season.

New Jersey Devils: Forward Jack Hughes will score better than a point per game and finish among the NHL’s top 10 in points from Jan. 1, 2022 to the end of the regular season.

New York Islanders: Forward Oliver Wahlstrom will earn an expanded role for the Islanders and lead them in goals, power-play goals, power-play points and SOG by season’s end.

New York Rangers: Rookie defenseman Zac Jones will burst onto the scene and finish second on the Rangers at the position in points by season’s end behind Adam Fox, surpassing Jacob Trouba.

Ottawa Senators: Goalie Anton Forsberg will rank top 15 in the NHL in wins and SV% from Jan. 1, 2022 to the end of the regular season.

Philadelphia Flyers: Defenseman Ivan Provorov will lead the position in goals from Jan. 1, 2022 to the end of the regular season under new coach Mike Yeo.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Despite not making his Penguins debut until January, elite center Evgeni Malkin will lead them in PPP with at least 20.

San Jose Sharks: Forward Tomas Hertl will continue to excel in his contract year (potential 2022 unrestricted free agent) and finish top five in NHL goals by season’s end.

Seattle Kraken: Forward Yanni Gourde will score better than a point per game from Jan. 1, 2022 to the end of the regular season and finish among the NHL’s top 25 in points per game.

St. Louis Blues: Forward Robert Thomas will maintain his breakout season and finish as St. Louis’ points leader with at least 65.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Veteran forward Corey Perry will finish the season with at least 20 goals and rank third on the Lightning in both goals and SOG.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Forward Ondrej Kase will remain on the first line with elite center Auston Matthews and surpass his NHL career high of 38 points (2017-18) by scoring at least 45.

Vancouver Canucks: Goalie Thatcher Demko will have the most wins in the NHL by season’s end, win the Vezina Trophy and lead the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Playoffs under new coach Bruce Boudreau.

Vegas Golden Knights: Forward Chandler Stephenson will maintain his breakout performance, even once elite center Jack Eichel returns, and finish among the NHL’s top 15 in points by season’s end.

Washington Capitals: Center Nicklas Backstrom will lead the NHL in assists from Jan. 1, 2022 to the end of the regular season, helping teammate Alex Ovechkin finish with the most goals and points in the League.

Winnipeg Jets: Forward Nikolaj Ehlers will finish among the NHL’s top five in points from Jan. 1, 2022 to the end of the regular season under new coach Dave Lowry.

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