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NHL players preparing for breakout season

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Young players develop at different speeds. Some will find him in the NHL soon, but most will take time to reach his potential. Drafting players in the mid-to-late rounds is a great way to add value, and all of the players listed below could make a serious step forward in 2022-23.

Byram could already have a breakout season in 2021-22 if not for his injury problems. He missed most of the season due to a head injury, but was effective when healthy, scoring five goals and 17 points in 30 regular-season contests, and scoring more in 20 playoff games. Added 9 assists. Byram is a talented offensive defenseman, and while the embarrassment of his wealth on the Avalanche blue line limits his role, he could push the 40-point mark this year if he can avoid the injury bug. can threaten.

Georgiev’s chances in 2022-23 will be great.He’s had some struggles over the past four years as his backup goaltender for the Rangers, along with some decent showings, but in the meantime Henrik Lundqvist When Igor Shesterkin, there was never any hope that Georgiev would emerge as a long-term New York starter. But Georgiev has a chance to establish himself as Colorado’s number one option in goals this year.

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He’s coming off a tough season with a 2.92 GAA and a .898 save percentage in 33 contests, but the defending Stanley Cup champions will support him in this campaign. Georgiev’s current career-high number of wins is his 17, but he should more than double that this year if he can keep his first gig in Colorado.

Jarvis enjoyed a solid rookie season scoring 17 goals and 40 points in 68 games in 2021-22. First, it’s important to remember that he posted a modest 13:53 ice time per game in his previous campaign.To put it in context, he tied Corey Perry He won the scoring title among players who averaged less than 14 minutes of ice time. Unlike Perry, Jarvis should see a meaningful increase in his role this year. Having already seen some of it towards the end of the 2021-22 season, he made the most of the opportunity, averaging 15:03 ice time in his final 22 games, Jarvis Scored 9 goals and his 20 points. Although he’s only 20 years old, there are many reasons why Jarvis is looking forward to the future.

Duck never developed the way the Blackhawks hoped after being the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 Entry Draft. Chicago weighed heavily on him, so perhaps part of his problem is that he was given too many responsibilities too quickly. There are some important warning signs. He didn’t get many hits despite his size and had terrible draws, so Dach’s value would take a big hit if the league included any of those categories. Then there’s his aggressive rendition that hasn’t surfaced yet. His nine goals and his 26 points in his 70 contests last season represent his career highs.That said, the change of scenery he gets after being bought by Montreal over the summer should do him good. Martin St. Louis He took over as head coach in February and now has the opportunity to help Duck. It’s not a bad thing.

Kirby Duck, now playing in Montreal, carries risks and upsides for fantasy hockey managers. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Wahlstrom is one of the riskiest options on this list. He scored 13 goals and he scored 24 in his 73 appearances last season, which wasn’t quite promising. It gets even more dire than that as his average ice time has dropped to just 10:27 in his last 33 appearances.Hope here is that new head coach Lane Lambert It will give more leeway to younger prospects from the islanders. Barry Trots Did it. Wallstrom is also in the final year of his entry-level contract, so perhaps he will enter the season with even more motivation. That said, Wahlstrom still has a lot to prove, and while there is potential, there are also many uncertainties.

Cole Caulfield, RW, Montreal

Caufield is an easy breakout candidate to recommend. He entered the 2021-22 season with high hopes, scoring a respectable 23 goals and 43 points in 67 appearances.Anyone who paid attention to the Canadiens last season knows those numbers don’t tell the whole story. Dominique DucharmeUnder St. Louis, Caulfield scored 22 goals in 37 contests. and scored 35 points. A full season with St. Louis at the helm should be Corfield’s recipe for success.

Cole Silinger, C, Columbus

Schillinger’s 16 goals and 31 points in 79 games last season were nothing special for a rookie, but considering he went straight to the NHL at age 18 and was restricted to just 13, those numbers are impressive. is more impressive. He has 42 ice times per contest. With a year’s worth of NHL experience behind him, he’ll likely take on a much bigger role in 2022-23, and one of the things to watch for him over the next few weeks will be Blue’s jackets. Top is how his line changes.What is the plan for now Johnny Gaudreau When Patrick Laing They will play together in the team’s first line, but it remains to be seen who will be the pair’s center. boone jenner is an obvious candidate, but Schillinger will likely see the place during preseason action. Schillinger is a candidate to step up no matter how the situation turns out, but he’ll greatly increase his value when he meshes with Godreau and Rain.

Alexis Lafrenière, LW, New York Rangers

With 31 goals and 52 points in 135 appearances over the first two seasons, it’s safe to say that Lafreniere have not performed as well as they hoped for in first place overall. However, it should be noted that Lafrenière often plays a supporting role due to the depth of the Rangers’ front line. He averaged 13:59 ice time per game last season, largely unchanged from his 2020-21, lacking a consistent linemate. There should be an opportunity for him to take on a Top 6 role soon in his 2022-23 season, but that could be contingent on him shifting from left wing to ringwing. If he can make that transition successfully, this season could be a big one for Lafrenière.

Kaapokakko, RW, New York Rangers

Speaking of the Rangers not having a scoring right wing, the lack of depth in the team at that position meant that even if Lafrenière served on the right wing, the brace would be the team’s top two lines. It is very likely that you will start the season with one of the Cool but Eastern This might come as a surprise to some, considering he did well in Game 6 of the Conference Finals. Frank Vatrano When Andrew Copp The departure of free agency opened the door for Cuckoo to slip into a full-time Top 6 role. Certainly he failed to live up to the high expectations placed on him in his first three seasons, plus he’s only 21 and the tools are still there for him to become an attacking force. It’s a risk to bet on him, but Kakko is poised for a successful 2022-23 season.