Its That Time of the Season – Fantasy Sleepers

After more than a year of waiting that included practically no news about hockey players – now the most hardcore of hockey fans must prepare to draft the best of the best for our respective fantasy leagues.

I’ve got questions for you to mull over and comment on:

With so much time off what players will benefit and who will suffer?

– John LeClair comes to mind. He was a solid 50 plus point guy in Philly last year. But after another back surgery – is he a guy you take a risk on now that he is on an explosive PITT team?

– I have heard reports Brett Hull has really lost his game. I haven’t seen him play yet so it is hard to know.

– I think defensemen who are in their mid to late 30’s will be the beneficiaries of the rest and recuperation of a missed season. Look for the likes of Rob Blake, Sergei Zubov and Matt Schneider to have bid seasons on the blue line

Beware the BIG Blowout!

– Will Peter Forsberg stay healthy in Philly? If you think not, then save the money and diversify your offensive assets in multiple players as opposed to the big spend on Peter the Great.

– Marty Brodeur was the one big ticket player in our league last year EVERY penny of his big fantasy salary. I don’t think he is going to be quite as good considering the rules changes and the vacancies in front of him on D. Now if Kevin Greenstein is right and he is traded to Vancouver – he will be worth it all over again. That is a risky and expensive bet however.

– Mike Modano found a way to feed his dog’s after making $9,000,000 per year. The question now is he going to come back and live up to his potential or let his poor business deals effect his play like he did in 2003-04?

– Beware Alex Ovehckin. His plus minus is going to be pretty bad. Until he proves he is a Jagr – hold off on him unless you can get him at the right price.


Who is playing so well in your team’s camp that he is going to make the team and rise to NHL fame?

Forwards I think you can’t miss on are: Zherdrev, Bell, Ruutu. Others I like are Saprykin, Comrie and Praise. Jeff Carter is supposed to be the real deal but beware over zealous Flyers fans biding his price to high in your league. He is no secret anymore. If Crosby isn’t already taken it will be even worse for him.

Defensemen are another story. Some suggest your shouldn’t prospect on them because they take too long to get good. Cam Barker scored last night which is a good sign. Dennis Seidenberg in Philly is a player with a CANNON of a shot but will likely play 7th behind more skilled players. In a Clarke trade, he will get sent somewhere where he can play his offensive game.

Who’s waiting to have a great in your world? Who is going to have a HUGE year that is waiting to be picked?

Good luck to you all. I am headed to NYC for my draft tomorrow.

83 Responses to Its That Time of the Season – Fantasy Sleepers

  1. Flyer_Dman says:

    Ales Hemsky, Marek Svatos, and Johnathon Cheechoo.

  2. wingsfan13 says:

    Bertuzzi makes me sick to my stomach that guy is a goon and shouldn’t be in the league period. He basically committed attempted murder. If he did that to gretzky everyone would have been up arms.

  3. wingsfan13 says:

    Bertuzzi makes me sick to my stomach that guy is a goon and shouldn’t be in the league period. He basically committed attempted murder. If he did that to gretzky everyone would have been up arms.

  4. shapter07 says:

    the jays would have made a run if they had halladay and lilly healthy all year…. Halladay/Lilly/Chacin/Towers/ Bush should be a good yr next yr if healthy

  5. simplyhabby says:

    Definately agree. That is what makes the question intruiging and something Boston may face down the road when Pratice matures into a star player (projected)

  6. shapter07 says:

    Mike Cammalleri is in for a HUGE season if he gets some pp time. I think he was equal or better than spezza in the AHL last year. He put up huge numbers and could have a good season playing with any combination of roenick/ demitra/ conroy/ frolov/ robitaille/ bure

  7. xnavydoc75 says:

    You have the best list of anybody I have seen. A few players really stand out to me as having huge potential this year. Klesla, Spacek, Horton and Staal seem to be big time sleepers, but your whole list rocks. I am glad I am not in your league.

  8. LeafsLegacy says:

    how is that bad???

  9. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    bc he isnt dependable or consistent id rather have a guy who does good over long spands of time not

    good for 1 game

    bad for 3

    good for 1

    bad for 3

  10. mcpickl says:

    i like him as a player. but the reason hes in all those commercials is they were shot immediately after the lockout ended. the only players under contract were Bergeron, Ian Moran, and Tom Fitzgerald. Not many options there. So they went with Patrice, Coach Mike Sullivan, and Cam Neely. If Thornton were an option, hed be on your TV screen.

  11. mcpickl says:

    Leaf players are not underrated by anybody.

    certainly not on this site

  12. mcpickl says:

    no chance mceachern gets much time on the first line.

  13. mcpickl says:

    hate to be positive, but……..

    terrific list, well done.

    will be using this in my draft, hope you dont mind.

    love Mike Comrie this season

  14. mcpickl says:

    Size is a huge issue for him. He plays in front of the net, that works in the AHL, where defenseman on average are slower/smaller. He may be a 4A player, too good for the AHL, not good enough for the NHL. i hope not, hes fun to watch, but hes absolutely not in Spezzas league.

  15. TheProfessor says:



    Johnson (PHO)


  16. Aetherial says:

    His ppg over a long career is good for a sleeper pick. He won’t get you 100 points, but he is a good late pick-up.

  17. Aetherial says:

    Downs has been more impressive than Bush.

  18. morrissey says:

    On the HABS, I’m liking JAN BULIS – he’s got the skills and with his speed is built for the “new” NHL, plus he’s playing with Radek Bonk, who, while no Joe Sakic, is one hell of an upgrade over a geriatric Joe Juneau! Another to watch on this team is GUILLAUME LATENDRESSE… the crowds have been chanting “GUY, GUY, GUY” (for the under 30 crowd: Guy Lafleur) whenever he hits the ice – the kid is a natural and has been tearing it up in camp. Frankly the whole Habs offense could explode this year. Gainey didn’t add much, but what he did was key – the team only lost ancient has-beens/never-weres (Juneau, Perreault, Dykhuis, Dowd, Dackell, Ward etc) and added Kovalev and Bonk, throw in the top notch youth talent (Latendresse, Perezoghin, Higgins, Hossa etc) and the fact that everyone played somewhere during the “lost” season and this team is set to go far.

  19. muckies says:

    hey dudes, red-light did smething that neither of us will ever do, thats start for the Montreal Canadiens.

  20. frantic636 says:

    My sleeper picks are-

    Zherdev – Columbus

    Ruutu – Chicago

    Johnson – Phoenix

    Frolov – LA

    Draper – Detroit

    Fisher – Ottawa

    Staal – Carolina

    Kronwall – Detroit

  21. Deke says:

    Loser….take a pill

  22. The_Cramp says:

    Eric Daze…Does somebody know his actual state? Is he healty? Cuz it could be a good sleeper(but highly risky) cuz the Hawks are obviously better and they also need some veteran talent and this guy can easily be a point per game guy (if he plays…) please someone tell me cuz I’d like to have info about him…its the only sleeper that I dont know the actual situation….thanks.

  23. hockeyhead says:

    you are right but remember the commercials with raycroft riding the zamboni?/

    come on, patty is the man!!!

  24. simplyhabby says:

    I am sure I did many things red light has not done or will never do.

    I see you point but that is so old!

  25. muckies says:

    Mike Comrie.

    Awesome PP and good offensive team.

  26. burnz30 says:

    Fisher will not score more than 35pts in a checking role. Also, Fisher has had a hard time playing a full season. Even if he does play at least 70 games, he will be hard pressed to get that many points. Unless there are injuries to Spezza or Smolinski, the only ice time he’ll get is minimal 5 on 5, and PK. They only way he will get 50pts is if he gets PP time, but that wont happen with Spezza and Smolinski a head of him at center.

  27. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    your all forgetting jessica alba… jeez i would take her over halladay any time.

  28. Starkey77 says:

    Latendresse will be in Drummondville this year but it’s a nice thought…

  29. daman316 says:

    I’ve only heard Marion Gaborik’s name once in this post, i think he’ll have his break out season this year.

  30. TheProfessor says:

    straka-nylander-jagr will be the top line (and a decent one at that)

  31. TheProfessor says:

    Daze is healthy and will play on the top line of Chicago.

  32. h8rangers says:

    Hasek or Dipetro?

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