As usual at this time of year, the future is about to turn into the present for a host of talented young NHL stars. In turn, many members of this flock of fresh professionals are equally poised to make an impact on the fantasy fold. Here’s our annual roundup of rookies and sophomores to keep an eye on, not only during your fantastic draft, but throughout the 2022-2023 regular season.

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Mason McTavish, defenseman, Anaheim Ducks: If this year’s WJC ball hunk can even come close to repeating this summer’s international game by taking his next big step, beware. The Canadian captain scored 17 points in seven games, effectively putting his national team on top of the championship podium. While competition in the NHL is a whole different bag of bananas, McTavish still prematurely presents himself as a prolific scorer on a young Ducks team poised to take another leap forward. If he finishes in the top six and finishes on the powerplay as expected, the 19-year-old will make a significant breakthrough on his first full tour. Perhaps even worth 60 plus points. Then forward and up from there.

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Jack Quinn, quarterback, Buffalo Sabres: Last season’s AHL Rookie of the Year is ready for a breakout season in a young Sabres team that’s on the rise. My guess is that Quinn is sliding on the flank in the top six, immediately preparing for a breakout campaign. It was no coincidence that he scored 61 points in 45 games with the Americans from Rochester. With such a penchant for production, this young man is labeled “Calder Candidate.” I bet he gets 60 easily.

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Marco Rossi, F, Minnesota Wild: Two years before being diagnosed with COVID-related myocarditis and months after successfully completing a season with 53 points and 63 games in the AHL, it’s time for the soon-to-be 21-year-old 21 to finally shine in hockey. highest level. Centered alongside Matt Baldy in the Wild’s third spot in the Here and Now, Rossi plans to push Ryan Hartman and Joel Eriksson Ek into the lineup in the future. However, for now, the Minnesota club, which lost Kevin Fiala in the offseason, will need an extra scoring hit from the ninth overall pick in the 2020 draft, no matter where they line