Under new leadership, a fresh-faced Collingwood side will look to bounce back from an incredibly underwhelming 2021 season, after which they sat second-bottom on the ladder behind the likes of strugglers Gold Coast, Adelaide and arch-rival Carlton.
The Magpies' most recent campaign represented the club's first finals absence since the 2017 season.
After the departure of senior coach and club stalwart Nathan Buckley throughout 2021, promising replacement Craig McRae will be looking to hit the ground running in Round 1 against St Kilda with a host of new names acquired over the offseason.
Ins: Nathan Kreuger (Geelong), Patrick Lipinski (Western Bulldogs), Nick Daicos (National Draft), Arlo Draper (National Draft), Cooper Murley (National Draft), Harvey Harrison (National Draft), Charlie Dean (Rookie Draft).
After his 2021 season was unfortunately cut short due to a hamstring injury, a hopefully-healthy Jeremy Howe should elevate the Pies' ability to defend opponent forward entries.
Meanwhile, at age 25, key defender Darcy Moore is currently in the prime years of his career and is one of the league's best one-on-one defenders.
Collingwood will enter the 2022 season with the same damaging core of midfielders its fans have come to adore over the course of the last decade.
Veterans Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom and Taylor Adams are all returning for the Pies at full strength, with the likes of Jordan De Goey, Josh Daicos and trade acquisition Patrick Lipinski all set to occupy midfield minutes throughout the season, with Brodie Grundy leading the brigade in the ruck.
The Magpies also won the prize that was top draft selection and father-son prospect Nick Daicos.
The 18-year-old is very likely to feature in Collingwood's best 22 from the get-go, with the Oakleigh Chargers product's elusiveness and elite foot skills set to be on full display in black-and-white.
The Pies addressed their need for a bonafide key forward by trading for Geelong's Nathan Kreuger during the 2021 trade period, but with the 22-year-old just as likely to play in the Pies' defensive 50, questions still remain over list of the key forwards at McRae's disposal.
American Mason Cox has been a picture of inconsistency since his dominant 2018 finals campaign, and while Darcy Cameron has shown flashes of being a dominant forward in the AFL, we haven't seen enough from him yet to confidently make that determination.
However, key forwards aside, there is no doubt that Collingwood's mid-sized goalkickers wreak havoc for opposing defenders on a frequent basis.
Off-field issues exempt, De Goey is an undeniable force inside forward-50, as is the lethal Jamie Elliott when he's leading from full forward.
Add in a bit of Josh Daicos here and a bit of Sidebottom there, and the Pies are arguably able to compensate for their lack of a game-changing key position men.
FB: Jeremy Howe, Jordan Roughead, Brayden Maynard
HB: Isaac Quaynor, Darcy Moore, Jack Crisp
C: Patrick Lipinski, Scott Pendlebury, Caleb Poulter
HF: Josh Daicos, Brody Mihocek, Jordan De Goey
FF: Jamie Elliott, Darcy Cameron, Beau McCreery
FOL: Brodie Grundy, Taylor Adams, Steele Sidebottom
I/C: John Noble, Nathan Kreuger, Oliver Henry, Nick Daicos