2023 Fantasy Hockey Team Previews: Tampa Bay Lightning
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It was great to see Kucherov help out fantasy teams again in 2021-22, even though he only played 47 games. His 69 points ranked him second only to Connor McDavid in points per game (1.47). Even with the injuries that knocked him in and out of the lineup, he still finished tied for 51st in league scoring, fueled by the fact that he finished 19th in power play points ( 30). The elite right-winger has scored more than a point per game every season since 2015-16. Even with an entire season lost to injury in 2020-21 and another 35 missed games last year, Kucherov still ranks eighth in the NHL in points (467) over the previous six seasons. Kucherov is one of the top point producers on one of the NHL’s top teams, and that will certainly continue in 2022-23 if he can stay healthy. It would be perfectly acceptable to take him anytime after Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, as he is one of the few players with a real shot over 110 points.
Stamkos had his most productive season in 2021-22, topping 100 points (106) and 60 assists (64) for the first time in his 14-year career. Additionally, the 60-goal single scorer eclipsed 40 or more goals (42) for the sixth time in his career while shooting above 16% (17.4) for the eleventh time. He finished the 2021-22 season ranked sixth in points, ninth in goals, eight in power-play points (36) and tied for first in game-winning goals (11), while producing a rating of plus-24. Although Kucherov has missed 66% of games over the past two seasons, Stamkos is still 15th in the NHL in points per game (1.18), and he could get a big boost in 2022-23 if he plays. with Kucherov more than the 22% of 5v5 ice time from a season ago. Stamkos is a solid second-round option if you go for the winger or Cale Makar in the first round. At 32, 40 goals and 50 assists seem almost his low.
In 2021-22, Hedman finished with 20 goals and more than a point per game for the first time in his 13-year career. His highest totals of goals, assists, points and shots (219) ranked him third behind only Roman Josi and Makar in goals and points among defensemen. Over the past six seasons, no defender has posted more assists (289), points (374) or better plus/minus (+117) than Hedman, making him the top defensive fantasy pick over those seasons. years. Elite defensive production and near points per game should once again be expected for Hedman in 2022-23 as he works toward another Norris Trophy runner-up campaign (six consecutive top-3 Norris voting seasons). He’s not expected to be drafted ahead of Makar, but he has good reason to be the No. 2 defender off the board.
Point is coming off a productive but injury-riddled season. He scored 28 goals with 30 assists (58 points) but missed 20% of games for the second time in three years. His 0.88 points/GP ranks him 73rd among all NHL skaters. However, Point has consistently been one of the top fantasy producers over the past four NHL seasons, as he’s 25th in points (262), 18th in goals (117) and fifth in shooting percentage. (18.3%). Point is a very promising pick on draft day, as he can be expected to play most of the season alongside Kucherov and maybe even Stamkos. An increase in shots on goal; (187th in SOG/60 over the past three years) would go a long way to increasing its overall fantasy output.
Killorn quietly had a career-best season in 2021-22 by delivering the most assists (34), points (59) and power-play points (14). It was only the second time he surpassed the 20-goal mark in his 10-year career, a direct result of his record 15.2% shooting percentage. His numbers swelled as he was the best substitute when Kucherov missed 35 games, but another solid season of 25 goals and 30 assists is to be expected from the 32-year-old Killorn. As a result, it makes a safe fancy option with a limited cap.
In his fifth season with Tampa Bay, Cirelli scored 40 points for only the second time. Cirelli fired a career-best 146 shots on goal, but had the worst SH% (11.6%) season so far. Cirelli is a great two-way player but doesn’t offer enough attacking advantage to be heavily considered for fantasy formations. A similar season in the 40-point midfielder is likely as he locks down the Lightning’s second-line center role and appears to cross the 20-goal plateau for the first time.
Sergachev finished 2021-22 with his fifth consecutive season of 30+ points (38). He posted his third-highest goal tally (7) while collecting his most shots on net in any of his five full seasons (149). At 24, Sergachev has 92 playoff games and two Stanley Cups under his belt, a feat that took many years to accomplish. With Ryan McDonagh and Jan Rutta no longer with the Lightning, Sergachev is expected to take on a bigger role this season, which could lead to a career-best season. He has a safe floor of around 40 points and potentially a few untapped upsides, and he’s virtually free come draft day.
Hagel had a breakthrough in his second full season in 2021-22, though he struggled to produce with seven points in 22 games after being traded from Chicago to Tampa midseason. In 55 games with Chicago, the left winger had 21 goals and 16 assists on 94 shots; 31 goals, 55-point pace from 82 complete games. Hagel saw his production falter as his TOI dropped nearly four minutes into the trade. With another season scheduled outside Tampa’s top line, Hagel is expected to finish around 15-20 goals and 40 points as he enjoys his first full season in Tampa. He does nothing more than a fantasyless agent to watch if he can start getting more ice time like his days in Chicago.
Vasilevskiy had another successful season as he tied for the NHL lead in wins (39) while finishing 12th in SV% and ninth in GAA (2.49). Over the past five seasons, the Russian has 26 more wins than any other goaltender, ranking second in shutouts (24) and games played (275). Still just 28 years old, his impressive career 0.919 SV% in 365 games would have placed him sixth among all starters in 2021-22. Vasilevskiy finally has some competition for the top goaltender off the fantasy boards, with Igor Shesterkin coming off a hot winning season at Vézina. Either way, take him into the early rounds with confidence, as the goaltender has led the NHL in wins for five consecutive seasons while finishing in the top five in Vezina voting in each of those seasons. years. He makes a great fantastic selection from which you can expect 35+ wins and top 10 splits.