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NHL Player Point Projections 2023 and Fantasy Rankings

By Swikriti Kandel / 7 August 2023 08:51 AM

Connor McDavid won the Hart Memorial Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, and Ted Lindsay Award in 2023
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NHL Player Point Projections 2023 are 1. Connor McDavid 2. Leon Draisaitl 3. Auston Matthews 4. Nathan MacKinnon 5. Nikita Kucherov.

The NHL experts and analysts make the prediction based on multiple factors like the player's former season records, linemates, team strength, position, and more.

The player who is estimated to score the highest points for the 2023-24 season is Connor McDavid. Following him, Leon and Auston are assumed to lead the chart in terms of points.

Some other players who are ranked on the list are as follows:

  • Jonathan Huberdeau
  • Kirill Kaprizov
  • Sidney Crosby
  • Mikko Rantanen
  • Mitchell Marner

NHL Point Leaders 2023-24 [Projected]

NHL projected point leaders for 2023-24 are:

NameProjected Points
1. Connor McDavid125
2. Leon Draisaitl115
3. Auston Matthews110
4. Nathan MacKinnon107
5. Nikita Kucherov101
6. Jonathan Huberdeau100
7. Kirill Kaprizov99
8. Mikko Rantanen98
9. Mitchell Marner98
10. Sidney Crosby96

Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid secured 153 points (64 goals and 89 assists) in the 2022-23 regular season. It was his career-high in goals, assists, and points.

The center player does not have any contract issues since he is bound to Edmonton Oilers for the upcoming two seasons. He has less chance to be traded since he is one of the greatest players of the Oilers. McDavid has a salary cap hit of $12.5 million.

Connor does not have any injuries and is healthy to perform on the ice. As a result, his projected points for the 2023-24 season are 125 points.

Leon Draisaitl

Draisaitl raising his stick after a phenomenal goal in March 2023
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NHL fantasy projections 2023 include Leon Draisaitl in the second rank. He is projected to acquire 115 points in the forthcoming NHL season.

The alternate captain of the Oilers acquired an overall 128 points in the regular season and 18 points during the playoff of the 2022-23 season.

Leon signed an 8-year contract with the team back in 2017. It means that he will not become a free agent until two more ice hockey seasons.

Auston Matthews

NHL fantasy rankings 2023 have Auston Matthews in the third position among all forwards. He is presumed to achieve 110 points in the 2023-24 season.

The athlete acquired 85 points in the former NHL season. Prior to that, he earned his career-high of 106 points with his dedication.

Matthews sustained a knee and hand injury which is why he missed three weeks of game. When he recovered, he made a comeback and shocked the viewers with his accomplishments.

Auston is bound to Toronto Maple Leafs for the upcoming season with a cap hit of $11.6 million. With that, he has all the reasons to record more points. 

Nathan MacKinnon

Fantasy hockey projections have Nathan MacKinnon in the fourth position. He is expected to secure 107 points in the 2023-24 season.

The player earned 111 points with 42 goals and 69 assists. He serves as a center and the alternate captain of the Avalanche. He is bounded to an eight-year extension contract with the franchise since 2022.

MacKinnon has a cap hit of $12.6 million. With no worries about trade and free from injury concerns, he can solely concentrate on his games.

Nikita Kucherov

Kucherov in action for Tampa Bay during the 2022-23 season
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Nikita Kucherov recorded his career high of 113 points in the 2022-23 season. He took a leap of roughly double the points as compared to the 2021-22 season.

Nikita signed an extension deal with the Lightning in 2018. He is bound to the franchise for four more seasons before he becomes a free agent.

Since Kucherov has the best contract situation, he can place all his attention on his skills. He is estimated to collect 101 points in the upcoming NHL season.

NHL Fantasy Forward Rankings

NHL Fantasy forward rankings for the 2023-24 season are as follows:

NameProjected Points
1. Connor McDavid125
2. Leon Draisaitl115
3. Nathan MacKinnon107
4. David Pastrnak82
5. Matthew Tkachuk88
6. Nikita Kucherov101
7. Jason Robertson80
8. Mikko Rantanen98
9. Jack Hughes77
10. Auston Matthews110

NHL fantasy point projections include Oilers captain Connor McDavid on top. He is estimated to secure 115 points from goals and assists in the 2023-24 season. 

Oilers alternate Leon Draisaitl recorded his career-high points in 2022-23. His record is projected to get even better in the upcoming season.

Nathan is an offensive player who can score from anywhere on the ice. Playmaker David can make grounds for his teammates to score and earn the most point via assists.

The ability of Matthew to score goals is assumed to make him the highest point scorer in the upcoming season. Nikita has made it to the list with his unique scoring and assisting technique.

Jason had a breakout for Dallas Stars in the former season and it is expected to continue in the 2023-24 season as well. Proficient scorer and playmaker, Mikko is assumed to drift high from his former record.

Hughes recorded 99 points as a rookie forward in the former season. He is assumed to perform well with the building experience. Auston's former track record reveals that his performance has enhanced yearly and it is no different for the upcoming season.

Fantasy Hockey Best Centers To Draft 2023

The best centers to draft for fantasy hockey 2023 are:

NameProjected Points
1. Connor Bedard82
2. Adam Fantilli55
3. Leo Carlsson35
4. William Smith30
5. Dalibor Dvorsky25
6. Nate Danielson30
7. Oliver Moore40
8. Otto Stenberg30
9. Brayden Yager40
10. Calum Ritchie40

Being a top draft prospect, Connor Bedard is an expert at shooting and scoring techniques. He broke the WHL record by securing the highest points of 140 in the 2022-23 season. 

Jackets draft Adam Fantilli was awarded the Hobey Baker Award. With his playmaking skills, he received gold for Canada at the 2023 IIHF World Championship.

As the Swedish Junior Hockey Player of the Year, Leo is listed third with a projected 82 points in the coming season. William from USNTDP has honed his shooting skills. 

Attacker Dalibor is great when it comes to moving the puck with the stick. Nate can play in both defense and offense securing more scores for the team. 

Oliver Moore can slide the puck into the net from anywhere on the ice. Otto too has an accurate shot when it comes to an ice hockey game.

Yager is on the list, all thanks to his powerful shooting skills and playmaking ability. Calum has to undergo shoulder surgery which can slightly impact his performance.

NHL Fantasy Rankings Defenseman

NHL fantasy defenseman rankings 2023-24 are:

NameProjected Points
1. Cale Makar90
2. Adam Fox76
3. Rasmus Dahlin53
4. Erik Karlsson50
5. Roman Josi87
6. Dougie Hamilton50
7. Charlie McAvoy49
8. Josh Morrissey40
9. Quinn Hughes72
10. Brandon Montour30

Top NHL fantasy defenseman Cale Makar won the 2022 Conn Smythe Trophy. Cale has expertise in tackling the opponent playing the puck.

Known for skating and passing, Adam can play at both offensive and defensive ends. Rasmus knows ways to tackle the opponent while creating scoring chances for his team.

Erik Karlsson secured the highest points in the former season as a defenseman. He is assumed to keep the same record for the upcoming season as well.

Karlsson won the 2023 James Norris Memorial Trophy
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The Preds defenseman Roman Josi is ranked fifth on the list. Dougie's skills in skating, passing, defending, and shooting has led him to the list.

McAvoy is a strong defender who can make his way through the scores. With his skills, Josh will hopefully put in the highest points during the upcoming season.

Defenseman Hughes can make his own end on both sides of the ice. Two-way defenseman Brandon is expected to record his career high in points during 2023-24.

NHL fantasy goalie rankings have Andrei Vasilevskiy on top with a projection of 40 wins. Troy Grosenick is predicted to have the least number of wins.

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