Everyone knows that Rounds 1 and 2 produce the most NHL caliber players.
This blog reveals my personal opinion of the 2008 draft rounds 3 thru 7 sleeper picks...
Mr Big's Late Round Sleepers
#63 Kings -Robert Czarnik (c)
#66 Islanders - David Toews (c)
#67 Flyers - Marc-Andre Bourdon (d)
#72 Islanders - Jyri Niemi (d)
#73 Islanders - Kirill Petrov (rw)
#75 Rangers - Evgeny Grachev (c)
#84 Flyers - Jacob Deserres (g)
#85 Ducks - Brandon McMillan (c)
#95 Blues - David Warsofsky (d)
#96 Islanders - Matt Donovan (d)
#98 Leafs - Mikhail Stefanovich (c)
#106 Sharks - Harri Sateri (g)
#121 Red Wings - Gustav Nyquist (c)
#122 Lightning - Dustin Tokarski (g)
#123 Kings - Andrei Loktionov (c)
#139 Senators - Mark Borowiecki (d)
#149 Stars - Phil Larsen (d)
#163 Oilers - Teemu Hartikainen (c)
#200 Avalanche - Nathan Condon (c)
Late-Round Big Winner
The Islanders traded down twice in the first round to get Josh Bailey at pick #9... passing up Schenn, Filatov, Boedaker, Hodgson and Wilson -- which almost everyone agrees was a downer to Isles fans.
But they did get Corey Trivino at pick #36, Aaron Ness at pick #40 and Travis Hamonic with pick #53. I have them pegged for 4 potential late-round sleepers (the most of any team on my list)...including absolute steals at #72 Jyri Niemi AND #73 Kirill Petrov.
Everyone said this was a deep draft. The Isles may have gotten the last laugh!
PS: To everyone who says that the Russians are a gamble.. there were SIX <br>Russian players taken in the first 3 rounds, and only FOUR Swedish born players selected by round 3.