The Journey: Deep Sleepers for 2022-23 (Tolvanen, N. Robertson, Sprong, Johansson, Fabbro)

Benjamin Gehrels


Welcome back to The Journey, where we follow hockey prospects and their paths to the NHL, providing fantasy predictions and analysis along the way.  Before getting to some deep sleepers for 2022-23, you know I have to start with this:

Eeli Tolvanen has been a mainstay on The Journey over the past couple years, so I would be delighted for him to finally make some noise at some point. He is facing an uphill battle for playing time again on a loaded Predators squad, but his shot is an absolute weapon. Plus, he brings excellent value in multicat formats, dishing out 2.5 hits and a couple shots per game last year playing just over 13 minutes a night.

If he can earn some PP time and get back to a mid-40s pace this year, he will hit his Breakout Threshold near the conclusion of 2022-23 and be ready to enter 50- or 60-point territory the following season. I have enjoyed grabbing him as a late-round upside play.

Nick Robertson (TOR), another smaller player known for his elite shot and unflagging work ethic, has been absolutely ripping up the preseason for the Leafs. This is a player determined to stick in the NHL. Look at the hustle!