Preseason hockey has arrived. What better way to find out who has a new home than with the 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey New Faces in New Places!
This offseason was unlike any other, as many teams were forced to play salary cap gymnastics. The salary cap did not increase at all, to the surprise of many. Teams were forced to get creative with the remaining space to improve their team to the best of their ability.
Despite the difficult task of improving the team with these limitations, a number of players have a new home for the upcoming season. There are a few players who will enter the season with an improved situation. That can be a difference-maker when drafting your fantasy hockey team this year.
Who will be worth watching that will be wearing new colors? Let's find out with the 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey New Faces in New Places!
2023-24 Fantasy Hockey New Faces in New Places
Ryan O'Reilly, Center, Nashville Predators
— Michael Gallagher (@MGsports_) September 21, 2023
The 32-year-old Ryan O'Reilly was a popular option for many teams at last year's trade deadline. He ended up in Toronto to the chagrin of many GMs. The former Stanley Cup champion and Conny Smythe Trophy made a big impact during the Leafs' two playoff rounds, racking up nine points in 11 games.
O'Reilly is coming off a season where he dealt with some injuries. He will be looking to prove that he still has what it takes to be an impact player.
Throughout training camp and preseason, O'Reilly has been working as the Predators' #1 center often paired with Filip Forsberg on his wing. Given the team's active retool (instead of a full rebuild), you should find these two on the ice for any type of situation.
The 60-point plateau that Ryan O'Reilly has often hit will be in play for this upcoming season, even if he hasn't hit this number since his 2019 season. He will be featured on the team's powerplay. And he will likely be on the ice with the team's best goal scorer at all times.
Make sure that you are giving ROR a look in your upcoming draft!
Tyler Toffoli, Right Wing, New Jersey Devils
After being acquired via trade during the offseason, Tyler Toffoli should fill an extremely important role on the Devils' top line.
The 31-year-old is coming off his second career 30+ goal season. He is now in a prime position to get his third. He'll be joining a New Jersey team that was eliminated in the second round of the NHL Playoffs. The Devils could have used that veteran presence on the offensive end. Enter Tyler Toffoli!
You can expect Toffoli to be a lock for the team's top six. Toffoli could very much find a home on the wing of young star Jack Hughes. These two, along with Jesper Bratt, can definitely make for one of the top offensive lines in the entire league.
Given his career success on the powerplay to now joining the youth movement in Jersey, Tyler Toffoli could make for one of the top options when it comes to fantasy hockey this year.
Taylor Hall, Left Wing, Chicago Blackhawks
One of the more shocking moves this past offseason involved Taylor Hall. He was traded from the Boston Bruins to the Chicago Blackhawks. Hall accepted his last role as a third-liner on last year's record-setting B's team but will shift back to being the top winger on this young Hawks team.
The Blackhawks will look to Hall for many things this upcoming season. This also includes being paired with the franchise-altering rookie, Connor Bedard on a line.
oh my god Connor Bedard with Taylor Hall is going to be so nasty
— Nathan "Grav" (@NathanGraviteh) September 26, 2023
The 31-year-old former MVP will start the season on the wing of Bedard with hopes that Hall can escalate the play of the rookie to build his confidence. If Connor Bedard can get comfortable in the league as quickly as many think, these two can certainly become one of the most dangerous duos in the league.
Both players are expected to have top minutes on the team. That includes both even strength and powerplay time. He may not have enough to hit his career-high of 93 points. However, you can expect a big increase in Taylor Hall's point total this season.
Dmitry Orlov, Defense, Washington Capitals
Following his strong play following last season's trade deadline move, Dmitry Orlov secured a new contract with the reigning Metro Division champion Carolina Hurricanes.
Orlov is coming off a season where he set his career high in both assists and points. In addition, he was featured on the Bruins' powerplay which helped him generate more offense.
He'll now be looked at among the Canes' top-four defensemen. Orlov should be in a great spot to build on last season's production. In addition, he makes for a great fantasy option as you can find him contributing in other ways like getting shots on goal or blocking shots.
Let us know another new face that deserves more recognition in the 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey New Faces in New Places in the comments!
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