Fantasy Hockey Poll: Skaters Primed for Breakout Seasons in 2022-23

Rick Roos

2022-04-20

With each passing day, more and more of you are shifting your attention to thinking about your keepers, pondering whether to make any "looking ahead" trades, or starting to wonder how your 2022-23 fantasy drafts might unfold. In doing so, it's a must that you visit Frozen Tools and take note of the players who, barring injury, are going to be at or just beyond their 200 game breakout threshold ("BT") during the 2022-23 season. To reinforce the importance of BT data, I decided to weave it into this months' poll.

What follows are 20 skaters who, as of April 15th, have a total number of career games played between 140 and 240. Accordingly, they should at or just above their BT next season. Note that among them you won't find the likes of Cale Makar, Adam Fox, Jack Hughes, Quinn Hughes, Roope Hintz, Noah Dobson, Drake Batherson, Nick Suzuki, Robert Thomas, Jason Robertson, Devon Toews, or Jordan Kyrou, as although their career games played fall within those ranges, they've already broken out or are in the process of doing so. Still, this could mean they have another gear, so be sure to keep that in mind.

What you're voting on are the five of the 20 you think will make the greatest strides in 2022-23. By that I don't necessarily mean the five who'll score the most total points. I'm looking instead for the five who'll see the biggest boost in their scoring rate as compared to 2021-22, i.e., who'll have the biggest breakouts. Yes, some of these players, due to their size and/or their position, might project to be have breakouts closer to game 400, in keeping with Dobber's logic about BT. But for purposes of this poll, I'm sticking to just those who will be right at or not too far above the 200 game mark in 2022-23.

With that out of the way, here are the 20 players, listed in alphabetical order and with their career games played through April 15th. Your task, again, is to vote for the five you think will have the biggest breakouts in 2022-23, meaning the biggest gains in scoring rate versus 2021-22.

Rudolfs Balcers – (145 games played)

Although he was not a top draft pick, nor a particularly prized prospect, Balcers nevertheless did manage to score over a point per game in his last AHL season. That, plus him playing a position where Sharks aren't deep, has led to him receiving chances to play on scoring lines, where he hasn't seemed too out of place. With the Sharks looking to save cap space due to several top-heavy veteran contracts, Balcers should continue to get top six opportunities in 2022-23, positioning him for a