Fantasy hockey draught time is here as the 2023–24 NHL season approaches.
It’s entertaining to play fantasy hockey against your friends each week or to learn more about the NHL.
Rookies are usually exciting to watch when they are selected because it is impossible to predict how well they will play in the NHL. However, these are the best five rookies to select for your fantasy hockey team.
5. Matthew Knies, LW, Toronto Maple Leafs
One of the few rookies with NHL experience is Matthew Knies. In addition to playing in seven Toronto Maple Leafs playoff games, he participated in three regular-season games and recorded one assist.
Knies is the finest prospect in the Maple Leafs system and is anticipated to play with John Tavares, William Nylander, and perhaps Sam Lafferty on a line. Knies will also get a chance to play on the power play, making him one of the best rookies this year.
4. Adam Fantilli, C, Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets selected Adam Fantilli third overall, and many people were astonished when he decided against returning to the University of Michigan and instead signed a professional deal.
Fantilli is projected to play with Alex Texier and Patrik Laine as the Blue Jackets’ second-line centre. Additionally, Fantilli will likely be the powerplay unit’s centre for Columbus, which should boost his stats.
3. Logan Cooley, C, Arizona Coyotes
This summer, Logan Cooley turned professional and signed with the Arizona Coyotes. Cooley is already one of the Coyotes’ finest players this year and displayed his skill set with a highlight-reel goal during the preseason.
It is expected that Cooley would skate alongside Jason Zucker and Dylan Guenther on Arizona’s second line. Furthermore, powerplay time is planned for him.
2. Devon Levi, G, Buffalo Sabres
While Devon Levi should be someone fantasy hockey fans consider drafting, rookie goalies in the NHL are dangerous.
Levi played in seven games last year with a 5-2 record, 2.94 GAA, and.905 SV%. Although he is a rookie, Levi appears to be one of the NHL’s best goalies, therefore it will be his goal to lose.
1. Connor Bedard, C, Chicago Blackhawks
Connor Bedard was selected first overall for a reason, Considering that he has been likened to Connor McDavid.
Bedard, the first-line centre for Chicago, will participate in power plays. Bedard will not just be one of the top rookies, but one of the best players if he lives up to the hype in his rookie season.
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