Top 10 Way Too Early Takeaways of the 2022-23 Campaign

Tom Collins


be starting to see the beginning of some trends. 

However, we won’t know if these are trends for a few more weeks, but it may be too late by then if you’re hoping to snag some players off the waiver wire. 

Of course, it could be a game or two that is skewing numbers. Nonetheless, it’s good practice to scrutinize players in the top 100 for leaders in shots, ice time, percentage of power-play minutes played, etc. It might give you a player to follow for a potential breakout candidate, or you might find someone worth stashing. 

Most of the players on this list are undrafted in most leagues. I’m not saying you should drop struggling superstars such as Patrick Kane and Jack Hughes for some of the names on this list. However, we all have players we can drop. For instance, in a 12-team, 25-player Yahoo league I am in, I took a chance on Sammy Blais, who was expected to be in a top-six role but has been injured so far and has yet to play a game. 

Below are the top 10 way-too-early takeaways from the first few games of the season.

10. J.J. Moser getting plenty of ice time

For those who haven’t been following, the Coyotes are going with a three-forward, two-defensemen top power-play unit. However, in a move that maybe no one saw coming, the 22-year-old Moser has been one of those defensemen. He’s been on the ice for almost 80 per cent of the team’s power-play minutes so far, which has led to two power-play points for Moser in two games. He also plays shorthanded minutes, on the ice for about 64 per cent of all of Arizona’s penalty-killing minutes. It’s led to an average ice time of 25:30 so far for Moser, the fourth-highest average per night among all NHL players. Even on a team as offensively putrid as Arizona, he’s worth keeping an eye on.

9. Zeroes across the board

There have been a few players for where it would have been better if you didn’t put them in your lineup. Jonathan Drouin, for example, has zero points, zero shots, zero PIM, zero plus/minus, zero power-play points, etc., although he’s only played one game. The same goes for Nate Schmidt and Shane Wright. Ryan O’Reilly also has zeroes, outside of a minus-one (although he also has six faceoff wins if your lea