Fantasy hockey 2022: Insiders answer the biggest questions for each NHL team


The fantasy hockey rankings Dom Luszczyszyn and Shayna Goldman publish on The Athletic are a work of statistical art, letting you customize projections to fit your pool’s exact format. Whether you’re playing categories, head-to-head, add value from peripheral stats like shots, hits, and blocks, or just need to focus on points, this cheat sheet is a phenomenal starting point.

But what if you want to go past the stats and dig into each team’s locker room for more clues?

To fill those gaps, we took full advantage of The Athletic’s many NHL reporters across North America, asking our staff the single biggest fantasy hockey question regarding all 32 NHL teams. New power-play quarterbacks? We’ve got them. Breakout candidates? Let’s talk.

We also want to give realistic expectations for fantasy stars playing in new contexts, whether that’s Jonathan Huberdeau in Calgary, Matthew Tkachuk in Florida, Johnny Gaudreau in Columbus, Alex DeBrincat in Ottawa or Brent Burns in Carolina.

A lot has changed in the NHL this offseason, and a lot will change in the season ahead. To better prepare you for your fantasy hockey seasons, we came up with 32 fantasy-focused questions for our team of writers, one for each NHL club.