Preview of Fantasy Hockey 2022 Centers

In contrast to previous seasons, where I feel the need to make my argument with the fallibility of dividing wings and centers into separate locations in fantasy hockey, the 2021-22 season’s statistical output has left me with low mic level stats.

Folks, the frontline leader from the 2021-22 campaign is listed as a winger. So is the player who finished third.

If they aren’t exclusive centers in the NHL despite taking most of the matches, who really is?

We are ok? Can we go ahead? Good.


True or not, many fantasy leagues still require you to draft and deploy players in the center or flank, rather than just going forward. So there is still some merit in looking at how the position will be distributed in our early forecasts.

But even if your league doesn’t do this separation (useful for you), there are some important points here when it comes to position analysis.

The biggest is volatility and consistency. Positions are the engine of the scoring lines. They drive value. Successful NHL teams build their streaks from the center and work out. You get one or two punches in the middle and the rest of your scoring lines will work it out.

This league focus brings some consistency to the fantasy game. While the winger can move up and down the lineup, the team’s first and second streak position will be strengthened in one way or another for the season early on. Aside from injuries or other significant changes, players selected to play the pivot on the top two lines will be there to balance the campaign.

This is an argument both for crafting your positions a little earlier than your wards, but perhaps also for crafting positions more than your wards if your league doesn’t differentiate between positions on your active roster.

Sure, despite having twice as many wing positions in the NHL as centers, we have 38 qualifying centers and 45 qualifying wingers within the top 100 in the latter standings.

More evidence? Of the top 300 Fantasia points earned during the 2021-22 season, 91 were centers and 135 wingers. And remember, on paper, there are two wings per center, so the gap should be wider if all things are created equal. The difference is smaller for the top 100 points, with 37 centers and 43 wing players.

If your league still segregates positions, don’t forget that there are some obvious inconsistencies to get some extra positions in your squad. That is, of course, if you buy my argument about their symmetry on the wings.

Leon DrystelAnd the Elias LindholmAnd the Claude GiroudAnd the Ryan Hartman And the Michael Granlund She is what you might call the center in wing wear. They qualify as the wing in the ESPN game, but they are clear positions in reality. After all, it was Draisaitl who led all the players in confrontations last season. When did he have enough time to earn winger eligibility? If you were to suggest that despite leading the league in showdowns, he spent his time on the ice Conor McDavid It suffices to give him a position in the wing, then the logical conclusion of that argument is that every position in the league should be a qualified wing and this whole discussion then moves to a snake eating itself.

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I love men first class

First we will create some levels here, since there are only players at the top level, everyone knows who they are and you can flip a coin as per your preference.

MacDavid and Auston Matthews He might outperform a third-place finisher by 25 percent. They almost did it last year and could easily do it again. They are your top notch.

After that there is a spot where you can cut the layer after Sidney Crosby It includes Nathan McKinnon On the top. Not all of this class is created equal and I’d rather have a McKinnon, Alexander Barkov or Mika Zibanjad In my team it takes some risks that come with it GT Miller Repetition Jack Hughes take a step or Jack Eichel fully recovering.

But there is only one special player in this group.

Sebastian AhoC, Carolina Hurricanes (37th overall, 12th place): It’s hard to believe that Aho turned 25 this summer. Still very much in his prime, it is now Canes’ top center Brent Burns On point to play power and Max Priority Already closed as a February lineup promotion. With his fanciful points per game on an upward trajectory in every season he’s played, Aho is the right age and in the right place to rise to the next level and turn around in a season that could earn a Top 10 overall with only a modest improvement in his production. And even if he doesn’t, you’ll still get the top 30 overall as his floor.

I like middle class men

Intermediate level definitely depends on the size of your league. Rob Hintz He’s my thirteenth, which means he’d be second in the 12-team fantasy league, but overall he’s still 50th among all the skaters. This does not seem to be average level yet.

For the Shallow Tournaments, I would offer these as mid-level options.

Kevin VialaC, Los Angeles Kings (64th overall, 21st between centers: No, he’s not a center, he only plays one on TV. Viala played all 15 matches last season (lost 11 of them), but he still qualifies to play a role on your team. But that’s not Why I like him. The Kings have all the pieces to his multiple scoring streaks this season and Villa is in a position to find himself in the lead – whatever it is. The fact that Villa surpassed 2.00 Fantasia points in every game last season while getting less than 50 percent of looks On top of a solid team play unit is impressive.Give Vila a clear path to reach the top of Ice Time and we’ll see new career heights.

Trevor ZegrasC, Anaheim ducks (98th overall, 36th overall): With so much focus on him, even as much as he earned a share of the cover of an EA Sports video game this year, it’s kind of shocking to realize he didn’t do much for the imagination last season. From a fantasy points point of view, you would have been better off last season Ivan Barbashev or Clayton Keeler. The Ducks had a big turnover in the top six, with the Zegras core teammates from last season – Sony Milano And the Ricard Raquel – They’re both out of the picture now. Zegras will have good teammates to choose from, whether it is or not Adam Henrik And the troy terry or Mason McTavish And the Frank Vatrano. But there’s no doubt that crime will be around him this season, which is in stark contrast to his rookie campaign.

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Those who sleep, I will live and die

This is a strongly worded section title that, if taken literally over the years, would mean that I am writing this from the grave.

But the idea is to pick up a low percentage of a player no one else could reasonably fall behind in having a big year. The goal is to spot someone in a good place that you might not otherwise think of and make an argument for them.

With it…

Kent JohnsonC, Columbus Blue Jackets (ranked 299 overall, rank 96 among centers): I know I’m not alone in this position. Johnson currently makes a list in the 3.5 percent of ESPN tournaments heading into September. The logic is pretty simple: The Blue Jackets have included two of the league’s most talented scorers on the wing and are desperate to find the right position to complete them. Bon Jenner They have been serviceable – if not – with record line roles over the years and Jack Ruslovich He hardly showed us a lot of chances last year. jackets have johnson and Cole SelingerBoth were drafted into the first round in 2021, to serve as hubs to build around. Johnson may not break through this season, but he may be.

Picking the emergency back end that might work

This choice should be like the sleeper above when it comes to notoriety, but it should also be all about solid flooring for production – with less regard for the roof.

Dylan StromCI, Washington Capitals (ranked 253 overall, 85 among centers): Heading into September in the rosters in less than 10 percent of ESPN leagues and with ADP (average draft position) marginally ahead of basement tracked (227.5, with 230 essentially tied undrafted), Strom is a good sneaky pick for the upcoming campaign. Why not get a chance to play in the middle Alex Ovechkin? Capitals would be without Niklas Backstrom And the Tom Wilson To kick off the campaign, which means all bets are off when it comes to squad building.

Stop worrying I’m avoiding in every draft this season

This is the fourth iteration of this topical pre-season guide we did at ESPN, it just now seemed to me how hyperbolic section heads really are.

Will I avoid this player in “every” draft? Not necessarily. There’s always a jump-off point to get even the most skeptical skeptic to hold their noses and make a choice.

But I don’t think it would fall far enough for this situation to arise.

JT Miller, C, Vancouver Canucks (14th overall, fifth among the centers): What a dream season Miller collected in 2021-22. He was the third-best after Matthews and McDavid, with a fantastic 216.8 points. It’s just too much to expect again. His ADP in September is 19.7, which requires his selection before Barkov, Stephen StamkosAnd the Kyle Connor And the To David Buster. While I let the stats help guide the ratings and still put it 14th overall, I would never take it there. Miller scored a fantastic 2.71 points per game last season, just a whopping 1.93 and 2.32 points in previous seasons. I’d rather discuss the advantages of taking Miller vs. John Tavares Or Roope Hintz, but I don’t think he’ll ever fall that far.

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