2022-23 Fantasy Hockey One Category Wonders

by Michael Proctor
2022-23 Fantasy Hockey One Category Wonders

We are just about a month away from the best time of the year - the start of the NHL regular season! As you start to jump into your fantasy drafts for the upcoming season, you are going to be looking for those 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey One Category Wonders; those players that can help you win a specific category single-handedly.

These players may contribute to multiple areas of the game, but there is one statistical category where they stand out compared to others around the league.

When playing fantasy hockey, you will likely be scored on some of these eight categories -- Goals, Assists, Shots, Power Play Points, Hits, Blocked Shots, Saves, and Save Percentage. Finding a 'One Category Wonder' for these categories may be vital to earning yourself a fantasy hockey championship.

Let's dive into each category with one name that will quietly benefit you and one that may surprise you!

2022-23 Fantasy Hockey One Category Wonders

Goals

Sleeper

Kyle Connor, Left Wing, Winnipeg Jets

Is playing for the Jets the reason that Kyle Connor doesn't get the attention that he deserves? Possibly. But Connor has been one of the more consistent goal scorers since joining the league back in 2016 and deserves to be in every discussion regarding the best scorers in the league.

Last season, Connor put home 47 goals, and his goal total has increased every year (I know his total didn't increase in 2020, but the shortened season didn't help. Let's just throw that year out the window). Expect more big things out of Connor, even if the Jets don't have the greatest of seasons.

Are you sure about this guy?

Jason Robertson, Left Wing, Dallas Stars

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58 goals through his first 128 NHL games? 23-year-old Jason Robertson has undoubtedly put his name on the map so far in his young career. Totaling 41 goals last season and finishing 2nd in points on the team, Robertson has a lot of expectations next season.

If Robertson returns to his line with Roope Hintz and Joe Pavelski next season, expect a few more of these 40-goal seasons in the future.

Assists

Sleeper

Claude Giroux, Center, Ottawa Senators

The former Flyers captain has found a new home north of the border and will be a pivotal addition to a young Senators team looking to turn their fortunes around. The 34-year-old veteran has made a career out of finding the open guy who can bury the puck, and he will have a lot of new, young talent to do so in Ottawa.

Claude Giroux will be in the mix for the top six with players like Tim Stützle, Drake Batherson, Brady Tkachuk, and newly acquired Alex DeBrincat. You can expect Giroux's offensive numbers to increase after a drop-off over the past couple of seasons.

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Quinn Hughes, Defense, Vancouver Canucks

Although he is a defenseman, Quinn Hughes has always been known for his ability to jump up into the offensive zone. Since leaving the University of Michigan in 2019, Hughes had accumulated 146 assists through his first 205 NHL games. A key contributor to the Canucks offense, whether on the power play or even strength, Hughes will remain an asset on the back end when it comes to fantasy hockey.

Shots

Sleeper

Roman Josi, Defense, Nashville Predators

Nothing like a defenseman that can help you out on the offensive end! Roman Josi is coming off his best season so far, offensively and defensively, while finishing 2nd in voting for the Norris Trophy. ]

His ability to find the net from the point, while also having the speed to jump into an odd-man rush, makes him one of the most valuable defensemen you can have on your fantasy hockey team.

Are you sure about this guy?

Jonathan Marchessault, Center, Vegas Golden Knights

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Since coming over to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft in 2017, Jonathan Marchessault has added the 'shoot from everywhere' mentality to his game. Marchessault has 1,208 shots over his past five seasons, which ranks him 8th among other players in the league in the same span.

His point total may not be where he'd like it, given the amount he shoots the puck, but he can help you win your fantasy category based on his shot production alone.

Power Play Points

Sleeper

Victor Hedman, Defense, Tampa Bay Lightning

2022 saw the reign of the Tampa Bay Lightning come to an end, but I'm sure they won't be going away anytime soon. Victor Hedman will be back for another season and will continue to bolster the team offensively and defensively. Although defensemen aren't known for their offensive upside, Hedman finished 5th among all players last season in terms of powerplay points and shouldn't slow down any time soon.

One thing has remained consistent over the Lightning's reign of terror, and it was their effectiveness on the man advantage. Expect this to continue, and expect Hedman to continue putting up numbers.

Are you sure about this guy?

Torey Krug, Defense, St. Louis Blues

St. Louis Blues had one of the better power plays in hockey in 2021-2022, and I expect them to remain near the top of the league with Torey Krug quarterbacking the PP again. Krug finished last season with only 19 powerplay points, but this area of the game is one that he has always excelled in throughout his career.

Since 2017, Krug is 3rd in PP points amongst defensemen behind Victor Hedman and John Carlson. If he remains healthy, Krug is always someone you can trust to earn you some powerplay points.

Hits

Sleeper

Tanner Jeannot, Left Wing, Nashville Predators

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He might've been a rookie last season, but Tanner Jeannot showed flashes of his offensive side as well as his physical side. Jeannot scored 41 points during the regular season and added 130 penalty minutes with 14 fighting majors.

Finishing in 2nd in hits behind Radko Gudas, Jeannot will be a valuable fantasy hockey player for years to come if your league does include a hits category!

Are you sure about this guy?

Brady Tkachuk, Left Wing, Ottawa Senators

You probably weren't expecting Senators captain Brady Tkachuk to be on any list with a guy like Tanner Jeannot, but here we are! Not only is Brady going out there every shift trying to score some goals and make the right offensive play, but he is going to try and take you out.

Since entering the league in 2018, he is 3rd on the NHL's list for hits (995), sitting behind only Ryan Reaves and Radko Gudas. Maybe Brady has enough tools to his game to be more than a "One Category Wonder", but he is a player that will keep you competitive in the hits category against your opponent.

Blocked Shots

Sleeper

Jacob Trouba, Defense, New York Rangers

When you hear Jacob Trouba's name, it is usually because he is delivering a hard, open-ice hit to an unsuspecting forward. Trouba's defense and shot blocking were key to Igor Shesterkin's success last season, as he finished 2nd in blocked shots behind McNabb.

The newly named captain of the New York Rangers has been one of the more consistent defensemen over the past few seasons, and he will be looking to take another step forward this season.

Are you sure about this guy?

Moritz Seider, Defense, Detroit Red Wings

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Last season's Calder Memorial Trophy winner Moritz Seider showed some impressive skills in a phenomenal rookie season. The 21-year-old German recorded 50 points in his first NHL season while also being extremely important to the team's defense.

He finished the season with 161 blocked shots during the season, which puts him in 9th place among other players in the league. If this is what Seider was capable of in his first NHL season, I am excited to see what he can bring to the table next year.

2022-23 Fantasy Hockey One Category Wonders: Goalies

Saves

Sleeper

John Gibson, Goalie, Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim's John Gibson can be seen as a victim of his own team's defense. Last season, Gibson finished 7th in total saves across the league with 1,617, and this season may be a lot of the same.

The Ducks' defensive core is not the greatest, as they finished 6th for the most shots against per game played (32.7) and lost two of their top defensemen at last year's trade deadline (Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson). You can expect that Gibson will be very busy throughout the 2022-2023 season.

Are you sure about this guy?

Alex Nedeljkovic, Goalie, Detroit Red Wings

2021-2022 was not the season that Alex Nedeljkovic was looking to have after being acquired by Detroit after four seasons in the Carolina organization. It was not all bad, as Nedeljkovic went 20-24-9 in his first season as the Wings' #1 goaltender and recorded the 6th most saves in the league with 1,618.

Although the Red Wings have brought in Ville Husso to compete for the #1 job this season, I expect Nedeljkovic to retain the crease with similar save numbers as last season.

Save Percentage

Sleeper

Juuse Saros, Goalie, Nashville Predators

No goalie in the league was busier than Juuse Saros last season, playing in 67 games out of the full 82. Saros' .918 save percentage while playing almost 4,000 minutes during the 2021-2022 season was a major key to Nashville making the playoffs last season, although they did not survive the playoffs for very long. An injury at the end of the regular season sidelined Saros in the playoffs, and the Preds were swept in four games by the eventual Stanley Cup Champions.

We will have to wait and see how much usage Saros will have this season after recovering from this foot injury, but I imagine he returns with another strong season.

Are you sure about this guy?

Jake Oettinger, Goalie, Dallas Stars

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His coming-out party may have been in the 2022 NHL Playoffs, but Stars fans will be the first to tell you that Jake Oettinger is the real deal. Oettinger was the backbone for the Stars throughout the season and helped extend their first-round playoff matchup against the Flames to seven games, finishing the series with a .954 save percentage on 285 shots. Expect to see more of these fantastic performances from Oettinger, as he will be a major key to the success of the Stars.

Who are your favorite 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey One Category Wonders? Feel free to comment below!


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1 comment

Bruce September 14, 2022 - 9:37 pm

Well said, definitely wouldn’t have given some of these guys a second thought. Look forward to hearing more about the Penguins!!

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