Sleepers Creepers #2

Finally, the top guy on my list has hit the scoreboard last night, and check out more:Sleepers:

I have raved about this young Finn ever since he was drafted, shame on the Lightning for making such a trade. Joni Pitkanen scored his first goal last night with the Philadelphia Flyers. As if it surprised me? He is the future top defenseman for the Flyers, and will make a lot of people stop making the ridiculous comments of 27-year-old Kim Johnsson being in the Nik Lidstrom mold. I say that about Joni Pitkanen, he’ll be that kind of player except with more size. Right now, the Yahoo Leagues have Joni Pitkanen registered in their database, and if you are in the CDM (THN) fantasy hockey you can pick Pitkanen up. The rule, unless I am wrong, is that rookies may be selected but won’t count points until the first week passes by. A week has passed by and you should put him on your team.

Marek Zidlicky is the next sleeper. That’s right, two defensemen top my list for now. I’ve known Zidlicky for a while now since he was a Rangers prospect. He’s definitely an offensive defenseman, though inconsistent, and will put up 10 to 12 goals this season. He’s already got 5 points in 4 games, and tends to get penalties as well. He’s the Andy Delmore for the Predators, and if you like Andy Delmore on your team, but you don’t have him, then Zidlicky is your best bet.

Raffi Torres is the 3rd guy on my list. I had him in the “Keep an eye on” list last time, and I am glad I keep an eye on him now. I don’t think he will score 40 points this season, but a close number to that is what could happen. If you’re in a keepers league Raffi Torres is a slick pick. First, he was a top prospect for the Isles, and top prospects who get traded by the Isle’s usually tend to become very good players. Second, he is playing with Brad Smyth and Ales Hemsky. I say he is good for 18 goals this season IF he stays on that line.

Who could be a sleeper is Patrik Stefan. He shares ice time with Ilya Kovalchuk and appears to be more comfortable. His skills remain in his blood stream, he has a goal and two assists, a +1, and 8 shots on goal with the Thrashers. He is set to have a career high season this year and if you are missing a center on your team, and you can drop a no-name, claim Stefan. *I don’t recommend him for the CDM league though*.

Creepers, Stay Away from:

Vaclcav Varada. He is taken off the line with Bonk and Hossa.

Any Blackhawk player you have must be dumped. The Blackhawks are planning to battle with the Penguins to get 1st overall in the 2004 Entry Draft.

Gary Roberts just doesn’t have it any more. The Leafs are struggling to score and though the scoring will come, Gary Roberts scoring abilitites are quite done.

Devils forwards. Some will give you 20 goals 40 to 50 points, but the Devils offense is ignored as defense is their main concern. Elias is the best trade bait to have on your team. The only one I’d keep is Jeff Friesen.

Geoff Sanderson. I am surprised that some fantasy leaguers have him on their roster, still. He is injury prone, a total killer to your team.

Bruins goaltending. Raycroft showed some great flashy signs, but the Bruins goaltending and defense still remain a problem.

Minnesota Wild forwards don’t score many goals. The only two players worth are Pascal Dupuis and Marian Gaborik. And of course, they are still not wearing their jerseys.

Keep an eye on:

Jan Hlavac (Has played very well the last two games)

Paul Mara (Somehow people forget that he is a 10 goal scorer)

Patrice Bergeron (Four points with the Bruins for now)

Rico Fata (scored a short-handed goal, giving him four points with the Penguins)

19 Responses to Sleepers Creepers #2

  1. titans says:

    “Sleepers Creepers”??? That might be the single dumbest title I’ve ever heard!

  2. distance7 says:

    You’re right about Zidlicky, but anyone that knows anything about him isn’t surprised. He led the league in D scoring for 2 or 3 years in Finland…but I disagree about Gary Roberts. He’s still got something left, wait and see. But then again…he’s been my favorite player…hopefully it’s not just me being bias….

  3. dkball7 says:

    Nice article. I would add Ziggy Palffy to my team, the guy is absolutely tearing it up without Allison or Deadmarsh in the lineup. If these two come back (along with Miller and Norstrom), Palffy would be my pick for the Art Ross. I would dump Iginla, he is off to a horendous start. Mabie pick up Rafalski, 6 assists in 4 games ain’t that bad. One more thing Mikster… Brad Smyth???

  4. Tradedude says:

    roberts doesn’t have it anymore? um he’s only created every possible scoring chance their possibly is for the leafs, him and nieuwy. Roberts still has it, that is downright ridiculous. And why would i keep an eye on jan hlavac? two games, yippee. oh and he’s a ranger, yippee.

    I like you sleeper picks though. Torres should be amazing!

  5. mikster says:

    I know, that’s why i put it.

  6. mikster says:

    Palffy isn’t a sleeper! Rafalski may be a good idea, but the most he’ll get is 40 points.

    Thornton is sucking on my team too, but i ain’t trading him yet. Keep Iginla for 10 games.

    Brad Smyth!? I meant Ryan Smyth.

  7. mikster says:

    Lindros had tons of chances last season, yet he didn’t even put up 60 points. Bad fantasy player. In fantasy leagues, scoring chances mean little. Untill i see Roberts scoring, i won’t take him off my bad list.

    Hlavac four games, but he has looked surprising. I thought he’d be quite lost yet he is hitting and taking shots. He is just to keep an eye on, not to pick him up, just keep an eye on him. Once Kovalev and Nedved start going with their scoring…Hlavac should be a sleeper to pick up. But, we shall see.

    Torres will be a slick player.

  8. TC_4 says:

    Brad Smyth is great. As long as Brad Smyth, Martin Hemsky, and Peter Torres keep playing good, the Mexico city Oilers will be great!

  9. Tradedude says:

    ya i know, i just have a lot of respect for Roberts, and if you were a leaf fan you’d know why. And i don’t really care for fantasy leagues, i just love watching my team, and the team generating scoring chances, and roberts has done that so far, also keep in mind he’s not getting too much ice-time.

    Hlavac is not my kind of player, but i’m not going to pass any judgement, because I rarely watch the rangers, only against the leafs lol. and when and if they get into the playoffs. Rangers just need to get their team together, to know each other, knowing the players is a big help, they could play with emotion once in a while. lol not like the leafs ever do.

    and please don’t use the term “slick” lol u make me think of melrose and frasier hehe

  10. G_Money says:

    Just to let you know, an article should be coming soon about a terrible accident that Sundin 02 (travis) has endured. He is in critical condition. Let’s pray for the best.

  11. Doppelganger says:

    Sanderson is the man! Playing with Cassels and Vyborny he will have another 30 goal season. With luck he could hit 40. He had a full season last year and came back strong after missing the pre-season.

  12. Aetherial says:

    Was it Lint who put up the compiled forecaster spreadsheet?

    Anyway thank to whoever. I used it to pick my team (mostly) and used it strictly by the numbers to pick a team for someone in our pool who is absent. The absent guy is leading, I am in second.


    I have Gary Roberts in a couple pools, including the HTR one. This is the first year I have a couple leafs in pools. They are already sucking the life out of me.

    Then again it is 4 games in for the Leafs. Sundin and Nolan have zero points as does Nieuwendyk Reichel…

    The problem is that they are trying to play a defensive style this year because they are so afraid of their own D.

    Frankly, they suck. ALL leafs look like bad picks right now.

  13. mikster says:

    I have always used the word slick! They stole it from me!

    If you don’t care much about hockey pools, then why did ya comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BAH! Hehe.

    Hlavac isn’t my kind of player either, but he did surprise me. I thought he’d be more of a…”hey…hanging around here…..ciao….” Instead he is skating hard.

    If the Rangers could get things together and play as a team, they’ll be a top scary team to play against. That’ll never happen. Hell i bet they’ll be a better team once they let go of all the veterans with theirt contracts ending this season, which is quite many.

  14. mikster says:

    Lint did that and HTR will definitely have great fantasy hockey coverage, i am veyr positive we’ll bring this site’s value up a few levels.

  15. devfanman4 says:

    I used lint’s spreadsheet too and I’m in 1st place in my division! My players are tearing it up.

  16. dkball7 says:

    If larionov stayes healthy pick him up too (4 assists in 3 games!!!)… lol. Steve Staios is on fire!!!

  17. guinsfan4life says:

    More players to watch out for that has really played well are:

    Ryan Malone for the pittsburgh penguins. He his a true playmaker. Set up the penguins winning goal (Fata) against the Red Wings on Saturday night, to add to his streak of 3 pts in 4 games.

    MA Fleury has also been spectacular. Earned his first NHL win on Saturday against the Red Wings. THe penguins new style shut down the red wings in the final 3 minutes of play(totally different when you can play with a lead).

    Finally, I think that Ramzi Abid has a very good chance to get some points fantasy leaguers. At some point I see the penguins moving him to the top power play in place of Konstantin Koltsov (who could be another guy to keep an eye on) who seems to be a little timid when playing opposite mario on the left boards.

  18. Kraftster says:

    You gotta absolutely love Koltsov’s play this year right??

  19. guinsfan4life says:

    I’ll tell you what, I don’t necessarily love the way he has played with the puck as much as I love how he has played without it. His speed has created some incredible scoring chances for him and his linemates. He needs to learn to be a little more patient on the power play. But other than that, he has been good.

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