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Rotoworld Hockey Guide

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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Here is a sample of our sleeper article by Corey Abbott. Hope you enjoy it!

 

Identifying sleepers early can have a tremendous impact on your fantasy squad and the later rounds of your draft are typically the spot to take some chances.  However, you shouldn’t forget that even if they aren't drafted right away, there are always players who slip under the radar.  If someone comes out firing when the season starts, don’t hesitate to pick them up because they could very well be the next big surprise performer.  Look for players who will be receiving more opportunities and have the talent to break through. 

Some players who could be undervalued because of previous injuries or a rough year the season before are included here as well because their situations will be better and they may slip in drafts. 

Jake Guentzel (PIT) - C, LW - If you followed Guentzel’s play at the end of 2016-17 or if you witnessed his performances in the postseason, then he probably is not flying under the radar on your draft list.  However, if you are just looking at his 16 goals and 33 points in 40 games last year then you may not fully understand what all the hype is about.  Guentzel didn’t make his NHL debut until Nov. 21 and he made an immediate impact with two goals.  He spent some time as a healthy scratch afterward and was returned to the minors despite having three goals and one assist in his first five matches with Pittsburgh.  When he rejoined the big club in mid-January it was clear that he would be staying in the NHL for the rest of the year.  Guentzel was especially good down the stretch when he amassed nine goals and 18 points in 16 matches, while playing alongside Sidney Crosby.  His speed and ability to finish plays with a lightning quick release makes him one of the more tantalizing players to play alongside the Penguins’ captain in a long time.  Guentzel has a 60-70 point ceiling in 2017-18 if he continues to see action on lines centered by Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.  

Andre Burakovsky (WSH) - LW, RW - Burakovsky appeared as a sleeper last year as well, but he disappointed with 35 points (12 goals, 23 assists) in 64 games.  He averaged just 13:15 of ice time per match and missed 15 games because of a hand injury.  Burakovsky will get another chance to break out offensively this season, as he is projected to occupy a top-six forward spot on a regular basis for the Capitals after some offseason subtractions.  Washington traded Marcus Johansson to New Jersey and Justin Williams went back to Carolina as a free agent, so there are openings that Burakovsky should be able to take advantage of on an offensively talented team.  When he got the chance to play with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie in the playoffs, he rose to the occasion with three goals and one assist in three games against Pittsburgh.  If he sticks with Backstrom for most of the 2017-18 season or gets to play Evgeny Kuznetsov, then he should finally crack 20 goals and produce around 50-60 points.  

 

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Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 15th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.