Ramblings: 2022 Free Agent Contract Projections – Top 150, Including: Gaudreau, Klingberg, Malkin, Fleury & More (Dec 29)

Alexander MacLean


While everyone is busy over the holidays, and while we're also dealing with a scheduling upheaval, I wanted to take the time to put out some updated contract projections for the 2022 free agent crop. With the new year upon us, we could see a few more extensions signed as more players become eligible.

I have the top 150 listed below, from a Calgary Flames duo down to a Canadiens' cast-off claimed by Canada's capital. Anyone below that can be assumed to be projected at the league minimum for an extension. If you think someone is missing though, it's possible they got dropped off the list somewhere along the way, so let me know. Either I have missed them, or I have them projected for the league minimum – either way, you can laugh at me, so really it's a win-win for you.


Before we get to that, just another quick reminder that the Midseason Guide will be out January 14. This Guide comes with your Ultimate Fantasy Pack or Gold/Platinum subscriptions. It does not come with the Keeper League Fantasy Pack nor the Silver subs. You can pre-order it here.


Connor Bedard scored four goals last night in Canada’s 11-2 win over Austria at the World Juniors. The 2023 draft is loaded, and you want to have more than one ticket for that lottery in your leagues if you can.


Getting down to contract business, we see that Johnny Gaudreau is the highest projected free agent for this summer's class, and it's pretty tough to argue with his production this season. He is up over a point-per-game for the first time in three years, despite his ice time the last three seasons sitting at 18:30 per game compared to the 20 minutes per contest that he was seeing in 2018-19 when he put up his career best year. His shooting percentage, power play ice time, and underlying metrics all check out (they're even a bit low if anything). For Gaudreau, his shot rate is up at a career-high 3.3 per game, and it seems as though he has finally put things together