- Three breakout Fantasy Hockey players you need on your squad for 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey
- Take the over on Roope Hintz’s projected 33.5 goals
- Read below for the three breakout players to add to your Fantasy Hockey draft queue right now
Fantasy leagues are often won and lost based on who hits with mid-to-late round picks. You need those guys that could provide elite production beyond the usual suspects. Here are my three Breakout Fantasy Hockey players that fit that bill, including a forward, a defenseman, and a goalie.
Breakout Fantasy Hockey Players
|Roope Hintz||Dallas Stars||134|
|Bowen Byram||Colorado Avalanche||117|
|Anton Forsberg||Ottawa Senators||129|
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Breakout Fantasy Hockey Player #1 – Roope Hintz
People might still associate the Dallas Stars with Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, and Joe Pavelski, but there’s a real youth movement emerging there, beginning with Hintz, a still yet-to-be-signed Jason Robertson, and Denis Gurianov.
And Hintz is quite literally at the center of it.
The 25-year-old center was a near point per game player last season, with 37 goals and 35 assists in 80 games. Here’s a look at all the goals.
That production was actually down a bit from what Hintz was able to do in the COVID-shortened 2020-21 wherein he posted 15 goals and 28 assists in 41 games.
Don’t fret about Robertson’s status. Hintz is meshing well with Mason Marchment, and 40 goals / 90 points is not outside the realm of possibility here.
Oddsmakers set his over/under for goals at 33.5, and that’s an easy over especially considering he’s no longer shackled by a defense-first coach in Rick Bowness.
Breakout Fantasy Hockey Player #2 – Bowen Byram
The 21-year-old defenseman has been plagued by concussions since being drafted 4th overall in 2019.
The Colorado Avalanche secured that pick thanks to the Ottawa Senators, who deferred a first-round pick acquired in the Matt Duchene trade in lieu of selecting Brady Tkachuk 4th overall in 2018.
The 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs were a confidence builder for Bowen Byram.
— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) October 3, 2022
Byram has all the talent in the world, and he showed glimpses down the stretch last season and through the Avs’ run to a Stanley Cup after returning from concussion down the stretch.
Byram posted 5 goals and 12 assists in 30 regular-season games, then nine assists in 20 playoff games. That was achieved playing under 20 minutes a night, and with limited power play time.
Yes, he’s playing among a group of defensemen that includes Cale Makar, Devon Toews, and Samuel Girard. That could, however, free him up to do his thing, and you’ll likely get tremendous value out of a somewhat forgotten top defensive prospect.
Breakout Fantasy Hockey Player #3 – Anton Forsberg
The Ottawa Senators garnered many headlines this summer with dramatic upgrades to the lineup, including Claude Giroux, Alex DeBrincat, and Cam Talbot.
It’s the latter who was penciled in to compete with Anton Forsberg for time in net, forming a potential fantasy value-crushing 1A-1B scenario.
As it happens, Talbot will be out 5-7 weeks to start the season, giving Forsberg a chance to build on some nice numbers posted last season.
Check his month-by-month save percentage from December on:
- December 2021: .926
- January 2022: .926
- February 2022: .930
- March 2022: .922
- April 2022: .912
There was a bit of a drop off as he assumed more starts in Ottawa, but overall his numbers were incredibly strong, and Ottawa’s new look offensive attack should help tilt the ice in the other direction and lighten his load.
In all honesty, he was among some of the best goalies in the NHL last season.
Final regular season goaltender stats:
Clearly, Shesterkin should (and will) win the Vezina and perhaps even the Hart.
But there're a few other interesting storylines. Anton Forsberg has quietly put together a very strong campaign and Kuemper started poorly but been solid since. pic.twitter.com/55GeEqZtuB
— hockey-statistics (@HockeySkytte) May 2, 2022
With the injury to Talbot, Forsberg is likely to make at least 50 starts. If the Senators pop as hoped and are in playoff contention late in the season, it’ll be in large part due to Forsberg’s efforts.