Fantasy Hockey: What sleepers should you want on your team?

No, the Red Wings didn't make a lot of standout personnel changes during the offseason, but that's been true for a couple of years now. That pro-rates to over 82 games. His ice time remained low in the playoffs You can say you knew Foligno would be a stud all along and completely forget the fact that at the time of the pick you were considering 'Marcus' Foligno instead. Talented players who habitually fire north of shots on net each season stand a reasonable chance of breaking out. Post navigation

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That's how Theodore wrapped up , collecting nine points in his closing 10 games. Just one of many frustrated Oilers, Klefbom is looking to benefit from a fresh start after an altogether dismal Still the favorite to anchor a No.

The year-old flirted with 40 only a season earlier. Before and after losing a large chunk of the season to injury, Luongo was pretty super, averaging a.

While that promising Florida team out front is on the upswing, the veteran goalie appears in position for another solid campaign. The year-old isn't likely to suit up for plus games with the Panthers in , but he could easily start The year-old long-time Carolina Hurricanes netminder decent with Carolina last season to the tune of and a 2.

But again, Crawford's recovery is key here. Don't jump on Ward too early. There's a lot to like about the idea of new coach Barry Trotz molding Lehner into his best netminding self. For his part, the tempestuous year-old has already enjoyed runs of impressive play with both the Sabres and Senators. That Islanders defense is a worry, though. Still, there's enough promise here to merit investing in this volatile fantasy wild card.

Again, not too early. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies? Fantasy hockey sleepers for the season 25d Victoria Matiash. Overvalued players in fantasy hockey for the season 26d Sean Allen. Previewing the Western Conference for fantasy hockey 31d Victoria Matiash.

Previewing the Eastern Conference for fantasy hockey 32d Sean Allen. Top player rankings for the fantasy hockey season 42d Staff. But sleepers are sleepers for a reason. With that, here are my top 10 sleepers for based on ADP stats, sorted alphabetically. Note the conspicuous lack of D-men. Most of my favorite breakout picks at the position seem priced appropriately in drafts so far. He scored 18 goals, including four in one game, in his age season.

And…Alex Killorn is going ahead of Bennett in drafts right now. Killorn will be 27 when the season starts.

His career highs in goals and points are 17 and 41, respectively. Bennett already went Regardless, 25 goals and 50 points seem well within reach immediately. It feels strange to put Brassard on a sleeper list. He turns 29 later this month. Alas, when drafters are taking him 56 picks — 4. So why is he being drafted so late? Both have first-round draft pedigrees. Both have excellent natural puckhandling ability, though Burakovsky is a better goal scorer while Kuznetsov is a playmaker.

He should overtake Marcus Johansson for the No. Burakovsky, though, is just 21 and closed with 14 goals and 29 points in his last 45 games. That pro-rates to over 82 games. That seems like a bang-on projection for Burakovsky this season. Draisaitl started out as an elite producer in , with nine goals and 26 points in his first 20 games. He then hit the skids for 10 goals and 25 points over his next 52 games.

Here are 10 players who, through a combination of talent and opportunity coming into the season, have a chance to outperform their ranking and average draft position. There is a very good chance that we, the collective fantasy hockey community, just aren't ready to accept the fact that we could have a second generational player developing in lockstep and only a year behind another.

Matthews has all the opportunity in the world to be Connor McDavid , version 2. He's being ranked No. Remember that he turned in that value while playing just Coach Mike Babcock doesn't have to give Matthews more ice time, but with a win-now attitude in Toronto, here's betting he starts getting it.

And this isn't even mentioning yet that Patrick Marleau is a huge upgrade over Zach Hyman on the wing. For one, let's remember that Arvidsson didn't start last season on the top line for the Predators.

In fact, he averaged Yet, despite that muted start, Arvidsson finished with 31 goals and 30 assists, complemented by a whopping shots on goal. Still just 24 years old, Arvidsson should be pegged for improvement, but instead, he is being drafted for regression with an ADP of Derek Stepan , C, Arizona Coyotes st.

So far this season, he's being drafted 39th among all centers and 90th among all forwards with an ADP of He's being drafted as if the Coyotes traded for him in order to bring him out to the desert and rot. That is obviously not the case. Stepan will be this team's only top-six forward who wasn't in diapers when the franchise was still in Winnipeg. He's going to be depended on for a lot of scoring situations and should push his already fantasy-relevant totals even higher.

Not even showing up among the top for ADP in early drafts, Larkin begs forgiveness for a sophomore slump of epic proportions. Let's not forget that he turned in 23 goals and 45 points in a rookie campaign that came out of left field in His totals plummeted last season as the Red Wings struggled throughout the lineup.

Assuming the team as a whole trends back toward their collective talent levels, Larkin could emerge as a leader for the group. You won't find too many other guys that are already NHL-tested and have goal potential after the th pick in your draft. Robby Fabbri , C, St.

Injuries last season prevented Fabbri from building on a successful rookie campaign. He's still only 21 years old and is being pegged for a move to center this season. While, that may seem troubling on paper with Brayden Schenn coming to town and Paul Stastny already residing there, this deserves a second look. Vladimir Tarasenko needs a new center, with Jori Lehtera now gone, and we know already that Stastny doesn't click in that role. Schenn has been playing the wing throughout his tenure with the Flyers and could just as easily stay there.

It won't take much for Fabbri to push up the depth chart and earn a connection with Tarasenko on the top line.