2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 1 Stock Watch

by Kyle Vaughan
2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 1 Stock Watch

Hockey is back and I'm amped so let's get straight into the 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 1 Stock Watch!

Below I'll take a look at some players who are doing various things. I'll tell you why I think those things have made said players more or less valuable.

Because the season is so new I'll be relying mostly on pre-season performance. Please remember that pre-season stats are a poor indicator of how a player will perform in the regular season.

So don't go crazy and drop your mid-round pick for Marco Rossi. Remember Ty Rattie? Me neither.

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All statistics from DobberHockey unless otherwise stated. 

2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 1 Stock Watch

Stock Up

Marco Rossi, LW Minnesota Wild (10% rostered)

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Marco Rossi and Matthew Boldy were both called up to the big club on the same day in January 2022. Boldy went on to rack up 39 points in 47 games and cement his status as a full-time NHLer. Rossi on the other hand sputtered in his first taste of the show and was subsequently sent back to the AHL less than three weeks later.

The 2020 ninth-overall pick will enter Minnesota's tilt with the New York Rangers on Thursday night with a tidal wave of momentum. Rossi led the NHL in pre-season points, potting two goals and seven assists in six games.

He's currently slated to start on the fourth line. So we'll pump the brakes for now. The intriguing thing, though, is that Rossi's most consistent linemates in the pre-season were Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello. He centered the top line nearly 20 percent of the time, and the trio put up an xGF percentage of 69.50 percent. Now there should be an extreme small sample size warning on that, but I find it hard to believe Minnesota's management didn't take notice.

Rossi was given significant time with Minnesota's best players and he thrived. He was drafted for his speed and playmaking ability. It seems to me it's only a matter of time before he gets an opportunity on the top line in the regular season. Keep an eye on him.

Dennis Malgin, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs (3% rostered)

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Toronto acquired Dennis Malgin from the Florida Panthers in February 2020. Who went the other way? Mason Marchment. Ouch.

Last year Marchment seemed to permanently tip the scales of that trade towards Florida with a 53-point season, while Malgin played in Switzerland. Marchment also brings a physical presence that Toronto would be happy to have on its roster.

It's too early to call this a win for Florida, though. In 2020, I don't think the trade was viewed as terrible for Toronto. Marchment was an aging prospect who hadn't established himself as a full-time NHLer and Malgin was a point-per-game player in a respectable league.  It's also hard to say whether Toronto could have re-signed Marchment this off-season to a contract similar to what the Dallas Stars just gave him given their cap situation.

Anywho, here we are in 2022, and Dennis Malgin has started the season on Toronto's second line. Against Montreal, on Wednesday night Malgin spent most of his time with John Tavares and William Nylander, and he even netted a goal. Malgin also saw just under a minute of powerplay time on the second unit.

The Maple Leafs obviously see something they like in Malgin. His performance in the preseason (eight points in six games) earned him a roster spot over fantasy-sleeper-list darling Nicholas Robertson.

And he did this! Yowza!

If Malgin can channel the offensive prowess he has shown throughout his development in Europe (and flashes of in the NHL) he could be exactly what Toronto and fantasy managers need: a cheap option at forward who produces consistently. Time will tell.

Calen Addison, D, Minnesota Wild (14% rostered)

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The tale of Calen Addison is a pretty straightforward one. He's a young, offensively gifted prospect who will be getting his first opportunity to quarterback the first unit powerplay for an NHL team.

Addison registered four points across 15 contests last year while logging less than 14 minutes a night. Not ideal. His pre-season deployment has led many to believe (including this intrepid reporter) that his situation is about to improve.

Addison logged over 18 minutes in four of the five pre-season games he played. That includes a 24-minute effort against St. Louis on October 4th.  The best part is, Addison was the first-unit quarterback for over 60% of the Wild's powerplay time.

The Wild were rewarded for their generous deployment with four points in five games from the youngster. Not too shabby.

The Wild also posted a really awkward video of Bill Guerin telling Addison that he liked his new number. So I guess there's that as well. You don't force a weird conversation to be captured on video so you can share it with the world if you intend on getting rid of a guy, right?

Stock Down

Yegor Sharangovich, LW, New Jersey Devils (14 % rostered)

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There's been an interesting(ish) battle going on between Ondrej Palat and Yegor Sharangovich in the pre-season. The prize was a shot at playing on Jack Hughes' left wing.

As of last week, it looked like Sharangovich might have the inside edge, landing him on a lot of late-round flyer lists. I liked the cut of his jib and drafted him in the 18th round of my main league's draft, and felt good about it.

Well, now I feel bad and dumb. Fantasy hockey can be a fickle mistress, and she goosed me in the nuts shortly thereafter. It appears when New Jersey suits up against the Flyers for their season opener, it will be Palat alongside Hughes on both the top line and first unit powerplay. Ol' Shaggy will be relegated to third-line minutes and might get a whiff of the powerplay on the second unit.

I'm not saying Sharangovich isn't worth your time. Last year he racked up 30 points in 54 games and Palat's roster spot is far from guaranteed. Should the tables turn, he'd be a worthy addition to your roster. But as of now, I'd be looking elsewhere on the wire.

Shane Wright, C, Seattle Kraken (18% rostered)

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The road to the  NHL has been a little bumpier for Shane Wright than most people would have expected a few years ago. After the presumptive first overall pick in the 2022 NHL draft fell to Seattle at fourth overall, it was unclear as of last week if he'd even make the Kraken opening night roster.

But he did! Which is exciting for Wright and hockey fans everywhere. However, he's looked overmatched in pre-season games thus far. He is centering the fourth line and gets no powerplay time. Matty Beniers, Alexander Wennberg, and Yanni Gourde are all ahead of him on the depth chart. His performance to date has led Kraken fans to write articles about how he's not ready for the NHL.

I'm excited about Wright's future and to watch him play for years to come. As a fantasy asset, however, I don't think his time is here just yet. I'd encourage you to look elsewhere for some fantasy magic.


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