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Notes: These Fictional Predictions (for an 82-game season), a collaborative effort by Pete Jensen and Anna Dua, are measured based on factors including but not limited to past regular season performance and Stanley Cup Playoffs, predicted streak combinations, playing strength usage, and goalkeeper positions. Goal, injury or anxiety history, sleeper elevation, expected regression or rebound run, age, contract status, and overall rise for the season. The totals below are safe estimates and do not necessarily refer to the ceiling or floor of each player and should be used as a basis for decision making in all fantasy leagues. The players are listed below in NHL.com’s top 250 rankings.
Jack Eichelc – Was productive (25 points in 34 games) after being picked up by the Buffalo Sabers last season despite playing with a broken thumb below the extension after recovering from neck surgery. Eichel, who has been ranked 21st in the NHL in points per game (0.93; minimum 400 games) since entering the league in 2015-16, should be considered a top 15 fantasy center and could surpass his total points from 2018-19 (82 points. at 77). Match with Buffalo) if he maintains his health and plays on a streak with the elite right wing Mark Stone.
NHL.com drop for Eichel: 84
Mark Stone, RW He was valuable to the imagination when he was healthy (30 points in 37 games) last season and is expected to be ready for this season after back surgery on May 19. 77 games with the Golden Knights and Ottawa Senators) and was a better than a point per game twice in his career (2020-21 with Vegas; 2017-18 with Ottawa), he should be considered a top 10 fantasy right and joins Eichel among the NHL top 50 overall rating.
Stone drop NHL.com points: 77
Shea TheodoreDr – He ranked 14th among NHL defenses in points (NHL career – 52; 3rd over the Golden Knights) last season and tied for 8th in shots on goal (205). Theodore, who has also come off NHL highs in goals (14) and assists (38) and plays a lot in his first power game, could benefit from hiring Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy to replace Peter Debore; The Golden Knights ranked 25th in the NHL in power play efficiency (18.4 percent) last season under DeBoer, and the Boston Bruins tied for second in the league in this category over five full seasons under Cassidy (23.7 percent since 2017-18). Theodore should be considered the top 20 players in the fantasy defense world and the top 100 players overall.
NHL.com drop of Theodore: 55
Alex PetrangeloDr – He led the Vegas defense with 13 strengths last season (Theodore has 12) and had 227 shots on target in the NHL. Pietrangelo has high fantasy ground (at least 40 points in nine of his 10 full seasons) and should be considered one of the top 25 fantasy defenders and a potential deal if available outside the top 100 overall.
NHL.com drop for Pietrangelo: 46
Jonathan MarquesaultLW / RW – He was a bright spot last season for the Golden Knights, who were decimated by injuries and missed the Stanley Cup playoffs. Marchessault led them in scoring goals (30), points (66), strengths (20) and shots on goal (251). The Vegas striker has been leading in goals (122), assists (169), points (291), strengths (70) and shots on goal (1208) since he started playing in 2017-18 despite a mostly second-line role and more than A hit per game (401 in 356 games) in that period, making it an intriguing fantasy option with a chance to rise to the top after Max Priority Traded with Carolina Hurricanes.
NHL.com drop for Marchessault: 61
Other VGK players to consider in fantasy: Logan ThompsonG; Chandler StevensonC / RW; Phil KesselR.W.; Riley SmithR.W.; Alec Martinez, Dr; Nicholas Roy, C/RW
Injured player: Robin LinerG (out of season)
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