They did an ice hockey one last week on the Puck Soup podcast and the first NHL player I could think of with five letters was Brayden Point of the Lightning. Which it was. So I retired with a one for one record.
By my estimation, the best word to begin with should be RATES or an anagram thereof - it has the two most common vowels and the three most common consonants (I believe). So surely you'd be more likely to get a hit with those letters, and even if you don't that narrows down the potential answers considerably.