Nashville Predators Fantasy Projections for 2022-23

As part of NHL.com’s 32 in 32 series, the fantasy hockey staff identifies relevant players from the Nashville Predators. For more coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to “NHL Fantasy on Ice” podcast.

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NOTES: These fantasy projections (for an 82-game season), a collaboration between Pete Jensen and Anna Dua, have been quantified based on factors including, but not limited to, past regular season and Stanley Cup playoff performance, projected line combinations, power- usage, goaltending situations for the team, injury history or concern, upside for sleepers, expected regression or return candidacy, age, contract status and general upside for this season. The totals below are safe estimates and do not necessarily indicate each player’s ceiling or floor and should be used as a basis for decision making in all fantasy leagues. Players are listed below in order of the NHL.com Top 250 ranking.

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Roman JosiD — He led NHL defensemen with 96 points last season, the most in Nashville Predators history, and the highest single-season total by a defenseman since Phil Housley had 97 for the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93. The 32-year-old, who also led NHL defensemen in assists (73), even-strength points (59), power-play goals (11) and shots on goal (281) last season, is fourth at the position in NHL .com’s rankings behind Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Adam Fox of the New York Rangers. He is a top 15 player on the fringes.

NHL.com point projection for Josi: 86th

Juuse SarosG — Last season, he was third in the NHL with a career-high 38 wins and leads active NHL goaltenders in save percentage since 2015-16 (.920; minimum 200 games). With Saros and Josi, the Predators are one of three teams (Lyn with Andrei Vasilevskiy, Hedman; Rangers with Igor Shesterkin, Fox) for having players in the top five of both NHL.com’s goalie and defenseman rankings. Saros should benefit from Nashville acquiring a veteran shortstop Ryan McDonagh from Tampa Bay.

NHL.com win projection for Saros: 35

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Philip ForsbergLW — The lefty, who re-signed with Nashville for eight years, had NHL career highs in goals (42; tied for ninth in the league), assists (42), points (84; shattered previous best of 64) and power-play points (27) ) despite being limited to 69 games. Forsberg, who also plays a physical game (112 hits last season; 1.6 hits per game), should be considered a top-20 fantasy left wing and top-50 top-50 player with his top line solidified, and elite power-play exposure to Josi .

NHL.com point projection for Forsberg: 80

Matt DucheneRW — He scored an NHL career high 43 goals last season, eighth most in the league and setting a Predators record. The forward also had more shots on goal (228; second on Nashville behind Josi) than Forsberg (226). Duchene, who was tied for third in the NHL in power play goals (16) last season, has thrived since making the switch from center to wing and can maintain his success alongside Forsberg and both centers. Ryan Johnson (63 points last season) or Mikael Granlund (64).

NHL.com point projection for Duchene: 76th

Other NSH players to consider in fantasy: Tanner Jeannot, RW; Ryan Johansen, C; Mikael Granlund, C; Philip TomasinoRW; Nino Niederreiter, LW; Ryan McDonagh, D

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