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Edmonton Oilers fantastic projections for 2022-23

As part of NHL.com’s 32 by 32 series, the fantasy hockey team identifies relevant Edmonton Oilers players. For more coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe to the free “NHL Fantasy on Ice” podcast.

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REMARKS: These fantastic projections (for an 82-game season), a collaborative effort of Pete Jensen and Anna Dua, have been quantified based on factors including, but not limited to, past regular season and playoff performances from the Stanley Cup, line combinations thrown, power play usage, team goaltending situations, injury history or concern, sleeper advantage, early regression or bid for the rebound, age, contract status and overall advantage for this season. The totals below are hard estimates and do not necessarily indicate each player’s cap or floor and should be used as the basis for decision making in all Fantasy Leagues. The players are listed below in order of NHL.com’s top 250.

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Connor McDavidVS — He is universally considered the No. 1 player in fantasy hockey and leads active NHL players in career points per game (1.43) – far ahead of the second-best player on the list (Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins : 1.27). The Oilers’ fantasy appeal is strongest since McDavid entered the NHL in 2015-16 following their run to the Western Conference Finals (McDavid led the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 33 points in 16 games), and he should benefit from Edmonton’s upgrade to goaltending by signing Jack Campbell to a five-year contract.

NHL.com Point Projection for McDavid: 125

Leon DraisaitlC/LW — The dual-eligibility forward is second in the NHL.com rankings behind McDavid after matching his best point total (110; fourth in the NHL) last season. Since 2016-17, Draisaitl ranks second in points (556 in 449 games) behind McDavid (649 in 442) and third in goals (233; more than McDavid’s 223) behind Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs (259) and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (255). Draisaitl ranked second in power-play points (41; behind McDavid’s 44) and goals (55; behind Matthews’ 60) last season and second in points (32 in 16 games) behind McDavid during the playoffs.

NHL.com Point Projection for Draisaitl: 115

Jack Campbell, G– He had an NHL career-high 31 wins (11th in the NHL) last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs and is expected to be the Oilers’ No. Campbell was an elite fantasy artist over the past two seasons combined, posting a 48-12-8 record with a .916 save percentage (sixth in the NHL; minimum 70 games in the span) and seven shutouts ( tied for eighth), and should be considered a top-10 goalkeeper and top-50 player overall behind an elite offense (3.48 goals per game; tied for seventh).

NHL.com Win Projection for Campbell: 35

Evander KaneLW– He had his best points-per-game average (0.91; 39 points in 43 games) with the Oilers last season, was tied for sixth in the NHL with a plus-25 differential since his Jan. 29 debut until the end of the season. and ranked 15th in shots on goal per game (3.53). Kane, one of five players with at least 20 goals (22) and more than three hits per game (3.14) last season, was also tied with Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche for the most playoff goals (13) and should be considered one of the top 75 fantasy players after re-signing with Edmonton.

NHL.com Point Projection for Kane: 74

Zach HymanLW/RW — He had 16 points (11 goals, five assists) in 16 playoff games and ranked second in goals (11) and shots on goal (67) as of the end of the Conference Finals. Hyman could extend his NHL career highs in goals (27), assists (27) and points (54) from last season if he plays on the first line more often with McDavid, but he is a valuable free agent fantasy player who covers hits (74 in 76 games last season, 1.3 per game career).

NHL.com point projection for Hyman: 60

Evan BouchardD — He was tied for 14th among NHL defensemen in even-strength points (35) last season and led the Oilers in playoff points standings (nine in 16 games). Bouchard is a fantastic candidate and a high-ceiling top-25 defenseman option if he lands Edmonton’s first power play (26.0 percent last season; third in the NHL).

NHL.com Point Projection for Bouchard: 51

Other EDM Players to Consider in Fantasy: Nurse DarnellD; Ryan Nugent Hopkins, C/LW; Dylan Holloway, C; Kailer YamamotoRW; Stuart SkinnerG

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