NHL.com identifies players who have gained significant fantasy hockey value from the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. For more fantasy hockey coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.
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NOTE: The following players will join or rise in NHL.com’s fantasy top 200 player rankings update after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Some players who gained some fantasy appeal but are already elite fantasy options (e.g. Cale Makar, Adam Fox, Kirill Kaprizov, Jake Guentzel) or are potential 2022 unrestricted free agents (e.g. Nazem Kadri, Evander Kane, David Perron) have been excluded.
Jake Oettinger, G, DAL
Latest NHL.com fantasy rank: 67
The Dallas Stars goalie was exceptional in the first round despite them losing to the Calgary Flames in seven games, going 3-4 with a .954 save percentage (leads NHL) and one shutout. Oettinger emerged past Dallas’ other goalie options over the course of the regular season and is 41-23-8 with a .913 SV% and two shutouts in 77 NHL games. Oettinger was already a top 10 fantasy goalie option at the end of the regular season but should now be considered a fringe top five player at the position, among the top 50 overall and, at 23 years old, arguably the best 25-and-under goalie for keeper and dynasty leagues.
Seth Jarvis, C/LW/RW, CAR
Latest NHL.com fantasy rank: 161
The Carolina Hurricanes forward had eight points (three goals, five assists) in 14 postseason games, the most among NHL rookies (as of the conference finals), and played mostly on the top line with elite center Sebastian Aho. Jarvis was also tied for Carolina’s third-most playoff shots on goal (32) behind Andrei Svechnikov (36) and Teuvo Teravainen (34). Jarvis was injured against the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the second round but ranked ninth in rookie points (40 in 68 games) in the regular season and has a bright future in a featured role.
Carter Verhaeghe, C/LW, FLA
Latest NHL.com fantasy rank: 186
The Florida Panthers forward led them with 12 points (six goals, six assists), all at even strength, in 10 playoff games. Verhaeghe, who had all of those points in six games against the Washington Capitals in the first round, was tied for third in the NHL in even-strength points through the first two rounds of the playoffs behind Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers. Verhaeghe also had an NHL career-high in points (55 in 78 games) in the regular season and should remain on a line with either Aleksander Barkov or Jonathan Huberdeau next season.
Zach Hyman, LW/RW, EDM
Latest NHL.com fantasy rank: N/A
The Oilers forward had 16 points (11 goals, five assists) in 16 playoff games, surpassing the combined point total from his previous five postseasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs (13 in 32 games from 2017-2021). Hyman is tied for the second-most goals (11) in the NHL and ranks second in SOG (67 in 16 games) as of the conference finals behind only Nathan MacKinnon (82) of the Colorado Avalanche. Hyman found a new offensive gear playing on the top line with McDavid and Draisaitl to build upon his NHL career highs in goals (27), assists (27) and points (54) from the regular season.
Filip Chytil, C, NYR
Latest NHL.com fantasy rank: N/A
The New York Rangers center has had a breakout playoff with nine points (seven goals, two assists) in 18 games playing mostly on the third line with fellow young forwards Alexis Lafrenière and Kaapo Kakko. Second-line center Ryan Strome is a potential 2022 unrestricted free agent, so Chytil could see an elevated role in the years ahead and have fantasy sleeper appeal next season. Chytil sustained an injury against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 but still ranks among the NHL leaders in even-strength goals (six; tied for sixth) and goals per 60 minutes (1.68; fifth) this postseason.
Other players who have gained fantasy appeal from this postseason: Evan Bouchard, D, EDM (latest rank: 124); Bowen Byram, D, COL (160); Artturi Lehkonen, LW/RW, COL (N/A)
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