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The NHLs top 10 Free Agents of 2022

Updated: Jan 10, 2022



On July 13, 2022 at noon ET, The free-agent market will open. This UFA class contains some of the biggest name stars in the NHL.

Here are our picks for the top 10 Free Agents available in 2022.





Honorable mentions


Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning:


2021-22 cap hit: $5,300,000


Palat was a major part of the core of the Tampa Bay Lightning team that won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2019-20 and 2020-21.


So far this season, Palat has 28 points (13 Goals, 15 Assists) in 36 games, however at 30-years-old his production may begin to slow within the next couple of seasons.


In his career, Ondrej has put up more than 50 points 3 times, and scored more than 20 goals once.





Andre Burakovsky, Colorado Avalanche:


2021-22 cap hit: $4,900,000


Burakovsky is expected to surpass 50-points for the first time in his young career, and at 26-years-old he is just getting started.


At the moment he has 24 points (12 Goals, 12 Assists) in 28 games with this Colorado team that has no ceiling.


Last season, Andre had 0.83 points/game with 44 points in the COVID-19 shortened season.




Ryan Strome, New York Rangers:


2021-22 cap hit: $4,500,000


Strome has been a bright spot on this Rangers team that currently sits 4th in the overall standings. He has been one of the teams point leaders with 26 points (8 Goals, 18 Assists) in 31 games.


At 28-years-old, he is in the middle of his prime. Expect his points production to continue at this pace for a few more seasons.


 

10. Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators


2021-22 cap hit: $6,000,000


at 27-years-old, Forsberg is playing some of the best hockey in his career. The gifted two-way forward has put up 29 points (18 Goals, 11 Assists) in 26 games this season so far.


He has passed the 60-point plateau 3 times, while also putting up more than 30 goals twice.


He is in his tenth season with Nashville and in the final year of his 6-year contract.


On a long-term contract, expect Forsberg to see $8 Million per season.



9. Nazem Kadri, Colorado Avalanche


2021-22 cap hit: $4,500,000



In the final year of his six-year contract, Kadri is on pace for what could be his career-best season. The 31-year-old center leads the Colorado Avalanche with 42 points in 27 games. Sitting fifth among NHL scorers, Kadri could reach 100 points for the first time.


The only downside is Kadri has a short fuse that has gotten the better of him in playoff action, resulting in three suspensions in the last four postseasons. Still, he shouldn't have much difficulty landing a contract well above his current $4.5 million annual cap hit.




8. Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks



2021-22 cap hit: $5,625,000


Tomas Hertl has been one of the Sharks most consistent players. A skilled two-way forward, he has passed 43-points in 4 of his last 8 NHL seasons.


At 28-years-old, expect Hertl to be a productive player for many more seasons. He has a team-leading 14 goals while sitting third in points with 28. This season he could surpass 35 goals and put up 50-60 points if he stay's healthy.


He had a career-best 74 points in 2018-19, but has been dealing with some knee injuries throughout his career.





7. Marc-Andre Fleury, Chicago Blackhawks


2021-22 cap hit: $7,000,000


The 37-year-old might need a change of scenery after having a poor season with Chicago so far. Through 22 games he is 9-11-2 with a 3.01 GAA and .907 SV%. He has significantly picked up his game since the start of the season, where he had only 1 win in his first 8 starts with a .881 SV%.


However he's the defending Vezina trophy winner and recently became the third goaltender in NHL history to record 500 wins as a goaltender. Fleury is also a proven playoff performer with three Stanley Cup Championships under his belt.


Fleury most likely would like another shot at winning a Stanley Cup. And with Chicago rebuilding, a move to a contender for a slightly smaller salary would be a smart move for him.