Though the regular season started on the weekend with a pair of Sharks/Predators games in Czechia, the campaign starts in earnest today. We have two confrontations today (Tuesday) with a fuller slate coming on Wednesday. That makes this Ramblings my last of the unofficial offseason.
For anyone that is waiting to draft, our 2022-23 Dobber Hockey Fantasy Guide is a great resource to quickly get up to speed on the players you need to know. There are projections, lineup combinations, prospect discussions, articles, and a whole lot more. It has been updated all through the preseason and that gives you, dear reader, the most up-to-date information.
Today gives me one last chance to provide a bit of draft advice. Very quickly, I will go through all 32 teams and offer one player that could break out this season. It is a very common article to write in this fantasy space, but it also gives me one chance to provide the players that I've been hyping all offseason, be they rookies or established guys with a new role/location. We will assume multi-cat formats (G/A/PPP/SOG/H/BLK) and not go absurdly deep into rosters. Good? Great, grand, wonderful, NO YELLING ON THE BUS.
Anaheim Ducks – Mason McTavish
This is an obvious one to start with, but the team saw a few breakouts last season and he's at the top of the Calder Trophy race. The young forward stood out at various international competitions in 2022 and could get a top-6 role at even strength.
Arizona Coyotes – Matias Maccelli
Though Arizona is expected to be quite bad again and may trade their best defencemen this season, the future core is starting to make their appearances. Maccelli had a monster AHL season in 2021-22 with 57 points in 47 games. It is only a matter of the 22-year-old getting regular minutes for a team that could shuffle its roster a lot this year.
Boston Bruins – Jake DeBrusk
On a team laden with veterans, there are