2022-23 Fantasy Hockey: New Faces in New Places Roundup

by Tyler Mulligan
2022-23 Fantasy Hockey New in Faces New Places

Welcome to the 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey: New Faces in New Places Roundup!

As per usual in the NHL, a flurry of blockbuster trades and free agency signings caused a stir across the hockey landscape as a large number of the league’s most recognizable faces had been relocated to new destinations ahead of the 2022-23 season.

Last season, Marc-Andre Fleury (traded from Vegas to Chicago) and Dougie Hamilton (signed by New Jersey) headlined a long list of movers.

This season had similarly monumental shifts with equally robust fantasy implications. In this year’s edition of 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey: New Faces in New Places Roundup, we’ll go through some of the players that found a new home.

2022-23 Fantasy Hockey: New Faces in New Places Roundup

Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Columbus Blue Jackets

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After playing the first nine seasons of his career with the Calgary Flames, Johnny Gaudreau signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Catching a lot of the hockey community off guard, the star winger signed a seven-year $68.25 million contract.

The New Jersey native scored 210 goals and 399 assists in 602 games with the Flames. Coming off the best season of his career, tallying 115 points, the speedy playmaker was in a prime position to get paid.

While Columbus isn’t necessarily a sexy hockey market, there is ample opportunity for Gaudreau to contribute to your fantasy squad.

Being on the top line with a pure sniper in Patrik Laine should bode well for Gaudreau. At the same time, Laine’s value should skyrocket. Barring injuries, expect the two to click from day one.

Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, Calgary Flames / Matthew Tkachuk, RW, Florida Panthers

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In the biggest blockbuster deal of the offseason, Jonathan Huberdeau along with burgeoning defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, forward Cole Schwindt, and a conditional first-round pick were sent to the Florida Panthers for Matthew Tkachuk and a conditional fourth-rounder.

For Huberdeau owners, this is devasting news. After being alongside the ultra-talented Aleksander Barkov, he’s now with Elias Lindholm. No knocking Lidholm here, he’s just no Barkov.

Matthew Tkachuk on the other hand gets to play with arguably the most underrated centreman in the league. Tkachuk’s new linemate has averaged 1.13 points per game over the past five seasons. Tkachuk’s scrappiness and willingness to battle in corners could put Barkov on another level this year.

My bold prediction is that Barkov will be in the Top-5 fantasy conversation this year, with Tkachuk reaping the benefits in his new home.

Brent Burns, D, Carolina Hurricanes

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While this entire article could be written about the Calgary Flames, we’ll shift to Carolina’s new defensive pickup in Brent Burns.

The Hurricanes acquired the veteran defenseman from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a pair of prospects and a 2023 third-round pick.

While Burns has seen his numbers fall off over the past few years, he’s still a viable option for fantasy owners.  In 2017, Burns won the Norris Trophy, scoring 76 points with the Sharks. Last year, he posted a 54-point season, which pales in comparison to his heyday.

With that said, 54 points from a blueliner are nothing to scoff at.  A change in scenery could do wonders for the 37-year-old, especially playing on a talented Cup contender like the Canes.

With a booming slapshot, expect Burns to play on the top powerplay unit in Carolina. His proximity to Sebastien Aho and Andrei Svechnikov could pay dividends for fantasy owners.

Alexandar Georgiev, G, Colorado Avalanche

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Plenty of goalies played musical creases this past offseason with Jack Campbell, Darcy Kuemper, and Ilya Samsonov to name a few. None of these, in my humble opinion, are as interesting from a fantasy lens as Alexandar Georgiev’s arrival in Colorado.

Signing a three-year deal following a trade with the Rangers on draft day with the Avalanche, Georgiev has boom or bust potential that is tantalizing for gambling-keen drafters.

According to Colorado GM Joe Sakic, it seems likely that Georgiev will be between the pipes when the Avs begin their season.

The 26-year-old netminder had a .898 save percentage with the Rangers last season. When he started more than 30 games in a season, however, he posted a .912 save percentage.

Playing in front of an elite team that just won the cup should help his chances of being a fantasy stud. He does, however, need to contend with Pavel Francouz. While Francouz has been snake bitten by injuries in the past, he still shows up in big games, even spelling Kuemper in the crease during their cup run.

Francouz posted a 15-5-1 record with a .916 save percentage last season, despite a myriad of injuries holding him back.

Georgiev’s success will be in spite of Francouz constantly nipping at his heels in this upcoming season.

Take the upside of Georgiev and laugh at your league-mates when you scoop him in the later rounds.

Notable free agency moves:

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  • Nazem Kadri: Colorado Avalanche to Calgary Flames (free agency)
  • Vincent Trochek: Carolina Hurricanes to New York Rangers
  • Ondrej Palat: Tampa Bay Lightning to New Jersey Devils
  • Andrew Copp: New York Rangers to Detroit Red Wings
  • Andre Burakovski: Colorado Avalanche to Seattle Kraken
  • Darcy Kuemper: Colorado Avalanche to Washington Capitals
  • Ryan Strome: New York Rangers to Anaheim Ducks
  • Jack Campbell: Toronto Maple Leafs to Edmonton Oilers
  • Claude Giroux: Florida Panthers to Ottawa Senators
  • David Perron: St. Louis Blues to Detroit Red Wings
  • John Klingberg: Dallas Stars to Anaheim Ducks
  • Ilya Samsonov: Washington Capitals to Toronto Maple Leafs

Notable Trades:

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