Fantasy Hockey Poll: First-Time Point-Per-Game Scorers

Rick Roos

2022-09-28

Last season 44 skaters produced at a point per game pace while appearing in at least half of their team's games. Of them, 13 hit that threshold for the first time in their careers. If you were astute enough to grab them, you likely did well in your leagues, as in doing so most exceeded expectations. Which skaters might make the leap in 2022-23? That's where this edition of the Roos Lets Loose Poll comes into play.

Below you will find the 20 skaters – listed in alphabetical order – who I think have the best odds of joining the exclusive point per game club for the first time in 2022-23. Your task is to vote for any and all you think will indeed achieve that honor. Note that for someone to meet the criteria he only needs to produce at a point per game level, not necessarily score 82+ points, unless you happen to think he'll play in all 82 of his team's games. The link to cast your vote(s) will appear at the end of the column.

Tyler Bertuzzi – Although Bertuzzi has yet to reach point per game status, his points and SOG per game have increased every season thus far. And the only other active player for whom that applies, and who has likewise played at least six seasons, is Pavel Buchnevich, who just so happened to be one of the 13 first time point per gamers in 2021-22. With Bertuzzi likely to remain a focal point of the Detroit offense and commanding a spot on what should be a better PP1, he has a realistic shot of replicating what Buchnevich was able to do in 2021-22.

Jesper Bratt – Last season Bratt might have scored the quietest 73 points of any player in recent memory. He just goes out there and produces. Better yet, he was able to succeed whether he skated with Jack Hughes or Nico Hischier – more on him below – at ES. Still only 24 and on a New Jersey team many figure to be vastly improved, Bratt's talent, plus a rising tide lifting all boats, could be enough to put him into point per game territory.

Cole Caufield – What a roller coaster 2021-22 was for Caufield. He went from can't miss phenom, to the AHL, then back to the NHL, where eventually he thrived to the tune of 35 points in his last 38 games. With the Habs likely to be at least somewhat improved this season, Caufield's talent could make him a new member of the point per game club in 2022-23.