The 2022-23 NHL season is starting to take shape with most teams having played around 14 games at the very least. There’s still a long way to go, but this piece is only looking at what’s already taken place, and players who look like they might be great fantasy hockey picks for the rest of the season based on their recent exploits. Without further ado, here they are:
The Colorado Avalanche are one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup this season, and Nathan MacKinnon will have a big say in them accomplishing that feat. MacKinnon has been hot in recent weeks, managing 11 points in his last five games.
He has amassed 20 assists and four goals in just 14 games. There aren’t many better creative forces in the NHL at the moment. Fantasy owners are always looking for explosive players, and MacKinnon has been quite explosive in recent weeks, racking up seven assists in two games against the Columbus Blue Jackets just over a week ago. If you’re looking beyond just fantasy sports, there are Colorado sportsbook promos around MacKinnon’s season from here – for instance, BetMGM has him at +900 to win the Hart Memorial Trophy.
The Edmonton Oilers center has been a consistent force all season and has contributed a point in each of his last five games. In his 16 games this season, he has managed 15 goals and 17 assists. These are fairly ridiculous stats, and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t continue to get fantasy owners some points heading into next week.
He’s certainly on a bit of a hot streak, and it’s still a bit early in the season, so there’s every chance that the numbers will regress as he’s currently got a shooting percentage of 23.4. His career numbers have his shooting percentage at 15.3, which suggests that he’s overperforming massively, but even if he drops down a little, he remains a great pick.
Another Edmonton Oilers forward, Leon Draisaitl is part of a dynamic duo alongside McDavid. Draisatl has also been contributing in his last five games and has amassed nine goals and 19 assists so far in this campaign.
His numbers seem far more sustainable compared to his partner in crime, which should put fantasy owners at ease. He has currently got a shooting percentage of 17.5, which isn’t that far ahead of his career average of 16.1%. The Oilers are a bit imbalanced with a greater dependency on their attack, and by having both McDavid and Drasaitl on the side, the points are almost guaranteed.