Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:41 pm

Plan Ahead for the Late Round Picks

In our hockey pool we allow for 5 reserve positions.  Each year that we do the draft  I see the same scenario where owners don't give much thought to those late round draft picks.  They typically just sort their players according to CBS Projections and grab the names on the top of the list.

If you think ahead about these late picks you should be able to find some "sleepers" or "prospects" that just might surprise and could have a real impact on your team as the season progresses.

The next time you're getting ready for your draft don't just think about those first few rounds in your draft.  Take some time and research out some players for your last 5 picks.  Look for prospects and underperforming players who have a potential to surprise.  Sure it takes some extra time, but in the long-term I bet it will pay off and at least one of those players will be a key component of your team (especially if you get into injury issues).

Good Luck
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:04 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 6:07 pm

My 2011/12 NHL Fantasy Sleepers & Prospects

Ok, first of all these are only a list potential sleepers  I was able to draft in late rounds or pickup via free agency after my leagues draft.  There are obviously many more than these, but perhaps your league missed someone on this list and it will help you fill in a spot on your own roster.

Valtteri Filppula (C) Detrioit - No "disappointment" here for this season....everything is in place for a breakout season for Filppula.  He will not be relegated to the third line as in the past, and all indications are that he will play with Zetterberg and Franzen at the start of the season. I'm counting on at least 10 more points than what he got last season.

Mike Santorelli (C) Florida - Sure Florida doesn't put up many points, but Santorelli dropped to the 13th round in our draft and I grabbed him.  I'm confident he won't disapoint...he had 20 goals and 21 assists last year and he should at least meet those numbers for this season.

Gabriel Landeskog (LW) Colorado - While everyone was focused on getting Ryan Nugent-Hopkins off waivers in our league, I was able to grab Landeskog.  All indications are that Nugent-Hopkins will see limited NHL time this season.  Landeskog on the other hand should fit into Colorado's main team plans.  If you get an opportunity to grab him don't hesitate.

Tyler Kennedy (RW) Pittsburgh - Tyler Kennedy is another 20+goal guy with lots of upside potential.  He should crack the top six for Pittsburgh this season and I don't think a 10 point improvement is out of the question.

Marc-Andre Gragnani (D) Buffalo - Was one of the hottest players in the playoffs last season.  Hopefully he continues where he left off, and since he dropped to the 14th round in our playoff pool there really wasn't any risk in taking him. 

Other prospect/sleeper picks to keep a close eye on might included:

Kyle Palmieri (RW) Anaheim
Zac Dalpe (C) CArolina
Ryan Johansen (C) Columbus
Jonathan Huberdeau (C) Florida
Brett Connolly (RW) Tampa Bay

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