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2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Bounce Back Players

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With the NHL preseason ending this past Saturday, we turn our attention to the start of the regular season. It’s that time of the year when we highlight Fantasy Hockey Bounce Back Players for the 2021-22 season.

I’ve identified three Fantasy Hockey bounce back players below who underachieved expectations last year but may return to form due to tangible shifts in the circumstances that contributed to their poor performance in 2020-21.

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2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Bounce Back Players

Teuvo Teravainen, LW RW, Carolina Hurricanes

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Teuvo Teravainen had a rough time last year. A bout with covid followed by a concussion limited him to only 21 regular season games, the fewest he’s played in a full season since entering the league. Before that? He played all 68 games in a covid shortened 2019-2020 season, all 82 games in both the 2018-19 and 2017-18 seasons and 81 games in 2016-17. Outside of last year, this man has been consistently robust.

Another point of consistency for the Finn? His floor as a Fantasy Hockey asset.

Teravainen actual and estimated points over full season 2017-2021

YearGPPointsPts/Gm82 gm Pace
2017-1882640.7864
2018-1982760.9376
2019-2068630.9376
2020-2121150.7159

Is his last four campaigns he’s scored 64 points, 76 points, 63 points (in 68 games) and 15 points in his 21 game effort last year, which would put him on a nearly 60 point pace yet again. That’s Turbo’s floor – a 60 point player. But what about his ceiling?  Well three years ago he notched a 76 point campaign, and the one after that he scored at 0.92 points/game clip, which over an 82 game season equates to 76 points.

This is a guy who happens to get PP1 time on one of the best teams in the league, alongside young stars Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov. A few moves from the Canes this off-season may leave you scratching your head (Alex Nedeljkovic to the Red Wings for peanuts, and not resigning juggernaut Dougie Hamilton for example). However, the top six remain a force and so too does the first power play unit, both of which should benefit Teravainen and result in a solid 2021 Fantasy Hockey bounce-back candidate.

 Dylan Larkin, C, Detroit Red Wings

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The aforementioned Nedeljkovic now finds himself in Detroit and a teammate of Dylan Larkin. Larkin arrived in the NHL at age 19 and was named an alternate captain shortly thereafter. Within four seasons he had cemented himself as the cornerstone in a rebuilding franchise and was appointed the 37th captain in team history in 2021 at the ripe old age of 24.

In 2018-19 he put up 73 points and was drafted accordingly in 2019-2020 Fantasy Hockey leagues. He then proceeded to decline from a nearly point a game player in 2018-19 to a confounding 0.52 point/game clip in 2020-2021 prior to being sidelined late in the season courtesy of a Jamie Benn crosscheck to the neck.

So why do I think Larkin will bounce back this year? I have three reasons and none of them have anything to do with Larkin’s skillset.

The first reason is that in 2019-2020 the Detroit Red Wings were bad. Not just bad, according to NHL.com, they were the 37th worst team IN THE HISTORY OF THE NHL based on points percentage. The NHL has been around since 1917 and of every team that has ever played in that time span, the 2019-2020 Red Wings were worse than all but 36 of them. During that abysmal season, (according to Hockey Reference) Larkin’s Corsi For percentage relative to his teammates was 5.7 percent, meaning when he was on the ice his team’s Corsi For percentage increased by more than 5 percent. He was a bright light in the otherwise dark depths of despair.

Reason two: with the arrival of Nedeljkovic, Pius Suter, Nick Leddy and highly touted prospect Moritz Seider, the Red Wings might actually be good this year. Combine that with the return of Larkin linemate Tyler Bertuzzi – who played only nine games last year before leaving with a back injury – and Larkin may find himself in pretty good company. I’m not saying the Red Wings will make the playoffs this year – the Atlantic Division is stout – but a finish above .500 isn’t unfathomable.

And lastly, based on his shooting percentage, Larkin may be due for some positive regression. At five-on-five last year, Larkin had the worst shooting percentage of his career at 6.7 percent. With a career average of 9.1 percent, he may be due for a boost in puck luck.

Count on Larkin as a 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Bounce Back Player and a return to the 70+ point range.

 Jakub Voracek, LW RW, Columbus Blue Jackets

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Bounce-back might not be the best term to describe my feelings around Voracek this year. After all, his points/60 last year was 2.9, tied for second-highest in his career behind a stellar 2017-18 season where he scored 83 points in 82 games. Let’s call it a revival, or return to force instead.

I could see Voracek returning to his 2017-18 points totals, based solely on a player you’ve no doubt seen in just about every other bounce-back article: Patrick Laine. Laine showed the world that he was an elite goal scorer in his rookie and sophomore seasons where he potted 36 and 44 goals respectively. Voracek is one of the league’s best passers and someone who can be very creative with the puck. Peanut butter, meet jelly?



There are few Columbus players more excited about John Tortorella’s departure than Laine, who was repeatedly benched last year. Questions remain about GM Jarmo Kekalainen’s decision to promote Brad Larson to head coach instead of hiring Gerard Gallant, but there is no doubt that a change was needed for the organization. With a potentially revitalized Laine as his linemate, Voracek could return to a point per game player in his Columbus homecoming. And the early results for the potential 2021 Fantasy Hockey bounce-back candidate? Promising to say the least: in two exhibition games the pair have combined for seven points.


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