A look at some of the sleeper picks of this NHL season

Now I am in a couple of Fantasy Hockey leagues and the drafts are not too far around the corner. It got me wondering as to who will be some of the sleeper picks or have a “breakout season”.

Every year there are guys that virtually come out of no where to have a great season and continue doing so in the NHL for years to come. There are a few players that are my pick as this years sleepers and if available in your draft you might want to think about picking them up.

Simon Gagne would be a good one to name. He will have some key players on his line this year and should with the new rule changes be producing a lot more which has been expected in past years.

Martin Lapointe could wind up producing big points this year because (even though they are still configuring the lines) the Blackhawks have enough offensive talent on the team that i think hell be on a line with Arnason and Bell.

Patrice Bergeron (who was a rookie last season) is already a good young talent for the Bruins he had 39 points last year and with some of the new guys they got this year expect a lot more out of him (probably about 53 points or so easily!).

Todd Beruzzi sat out almost all of last year. I am not a big fan of him due to what happened but he said he was sorry. I think hell be out this year to prove a point. Yes I know he was good (2 years ago) but I think hell live up to it this year.

Dany Heatley didn’t play all that much last season due to injury. I believe he will bounce back strongly with the Ottawa Senator and give them one of the best lines in the league.

John Grahme is now the starting goalie for the Lightning. I think he will embrace this task and he will produce good numbers to the point TB fans will be saying Khaby who?

Marian Gaborik missed a little of the season last year because of that ridiculous holdout and he is definitely one of the fastest players in the league with the new rule changes he’ll put up good numbers once again (no matter who is on his line)

Mike Dunham was just going through NY syndrome as I like to call it. I think that coming back south and with the team he has now hell have a boost of confidence and perform ALMOST as good as he did with Nashville a few years ago

Teemu Selanne finally will once again have a good season. Yes you read correctly that wasn’t a typo he will produce at least 45 points this year.

And last but not least Ryan Malone. He had 45 points with a bad Pitt team last year, so now look at some of the greats he has surrounding him this season.

You have anymore that you want to add feel free??!

121 Responses to A look at some of the sleeper picks of this NHL season

  1. H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS says:


  2. habswinthecup-again says:

    Oh, I want to see this, wouldn’t it be nice not to have to see him posting again? That would be soooo sweeeeeeet.

  3. H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS says:

    chris simon isnt with calgary anymore….

  4. H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS says:

    my bad ya he is…

  5. reznorwings says:

    dude you freaked me out, but thanks for correcting yourself.

  6. Habfanforever says:

    Perezhogin’s stick swinging incident didn’t hinder his level of play. He was able to play well above average in the Russian super league which was flooded with NHL stars, last year. He put up decent numbers and is a good 2 way player unlike many Russian young guns. I’m not saying he’ll win rookie of the year, but the stick swinging thing won’t bother him to say the least.

    With more space, Koivu will be better, providing he stays healthy. Ryder will be signed and the sophmore jinx is not a rule. It might or might not happen.

    How is Ribeiro overrated? Who overrated him? People tend to use that term loosely. Both Ribeiro and Ryder need to follow up on their good years to prove something. But just because they had 1 good season with 1 opportunity does not mean they are overrated. It only means expectations will be there, with the understanding of no guarantees.

  7. marcs797 says:

    i love comrie, i think hes an awesome player, wish the flyers kept him 🙁

  8. marcs797 says:

    and also, nittymaki might split time with esche, he doesnt necessarily need to go down, there solid goalies

  9. Islander45 says:


  10. robinson19 says:

    Obviously I mean on-ice smarts, right place at the right time, etc… not that he has a shred of human decency.

  11. H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS says:

    why? like your posts have any intelligence and relativity behind them? get over yourself bucky o’hare.

  12. H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS says:

    More space? its the same size rink with no redline…….the more space argument is false by nature…..Saku will not put up more than 60 points this year or any year in his career, that is just the type of player he is. He can’t be a Sundin or Sakic, he doesn’t have that skill level or size.

  13. leafs_r_a_joke says:

    oops i meant…. chad kilger?

  14. wingerxxx says:

    Trust me, you don’t want Holik trying to be a playmaker. Stick him in the number 2-3 center role, and he’s good to go. Kovalchuk and Hossa will be on separate lines. Savard will likely center Kovalchuk, Stefan with Hossa.

  15. BVYNZ says:

    Let me laught, Chad Kilger is a nobody that have’nt done anyting with the habs during 4 or 5 year… why would he do something with your maple leafs..

  16. solace242 says:

    How about Chuck Kobasew? He may have a breakout year this with the new rules in his favour.

  17. wheresthesoda says:

    i’ll reply on Poti and Nylander, r right about poti, besides the fact he’ll get around 50-60 points, atleast.

    and nylander will have a good year as long as he stays healthy. He is gonna have Balej on his line, which im really looking foward to watching these 2 play together

  18. mike7psu says:

    ryan whitney, defenseman from pittsburgh

    might be too big of a jump though for him to be a breakout star this year, but a huge sleeper in the years to come

  19. Habfanforever says:

    “Saku will not put up more than 60 points this year or any year in his career…”

    He already topped 70 points, the year following his cancer. 70 points is not unrealistic because Saku is capable of being a 0.85-0.90 ppg guy.

  20. bpanther83 says:

    Im going with

    Koivu – Montreal

    Colaiacovo – Toronto

    Sedin Twins – Vancouver

    Brewer – Edmonton

    Frolov – L.A.

    Torres – Edmonton (especially if they trade away Smyth)

    Van Ryan – Florida

  21. burnz30 says:

    I think that Oneil, Allison and Lindros will have good years in TO. Sullivan is always a good sleeper pick(73 points in 80 in 03/04) and doesn’t get much respect!!! Could be had rather late. Watch out for Jonathan Cheechoo he had 28 goals and 47 points in 03/04. Don’t forget about Briere, Doan and Walker.

    As mentioned above, Nagy should be a good sleeper too, he was just about a piont a game in 03/04.

    As for Dmen, Zidlicky in Nasville is relatively unknown and had a pretty big year offensively last year. Bryan Berard seems to be recovered from this eye injury and put up good offensive numbers last 2 years (47pts in 58games and 38pts in 80games). Will be counted on strongly for offense in Columbus. After a full seanson under his belt Mike Van Ryn should have a break out year.

    bpanter83, Brewer is no longer an Oiler he’s in St. Louis now.

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