When it comes to drafting a fantasy hockey team, there is no greater joy than the moment you call a name and hear 3 other GM's groan, "I forgot about that guy!". These players will be overlooked by your average GM for a plethora of reasons. Mostly, because they're not as smart as you. Some of these guys had below average seasons last year, due to injury, etc. Others are traditionally undervalued. These guys will slide a round or two beyond where they should. Don't miss out on them.
- Brassard started the 2008 season on fire, before being derailed by a season ending injury. Many managers may have forgetten about him completely. Assuming he's back to health, this could be a major breakout season for Brassard. Pull him out in a late round and you'll get your money's worth.
- With the sudden collapse of the Senators last season, followed by the Dany Heatley saga, most GM's will take it out on guys like Spezza. Don't be surprised to see him sliding into the later rounds. If that happens, snag him up. His goal totals have remained in the mid-30's. Only his assists slipped a bit last year. Expect Spezza to get back to at least a point-a-game pace in 2009.
- Statsny may well be the forgotten man at your draft table this fall. Don't be part of the crowd. His downturn in points over the last 2 seasons is all about injuries. Assuming he's fully recovered, you can expect a major rebound this season.
- 9 goals in 47 games as a rookie isn't too shabby. If he can stay in the lineup for the whole season, he just may be dark horse worth nabbing in a late round.
- Foster has a great points per game average over his career. The problem has been injuries. He seemed to show that he's fully recovered in the handful of games he played at the end of last season. Most GMs will ignore Foster completely. Save him for a late round pick and cash in big time.
- Don't give up on Wade Redden just yet. Most GMs will have written him off at this point due to the disappointing season he had in 2008. He's still a talented player. Probably the best the Rangers have to offer when Gaborik is out. Expect a return to the 10 goal territory for Redden.
- Visnovsky totaled only 31 points points last season, but he did so in only 50 games. Many GMs will overlook him after his injuries last season, and an average performance in 07; however, remember he scored close to 20 goals in the 2 seasons before that. Expect him to pop in 15 or so this season and get back to prominance as a top fantasy defenseman.
- Whitney struggled after returning from injury half way through the season. Don't let that fool you into passing on him at your draft table. Whitney was on track to be one of the top fantasy defensemen last year before the hurt came. With a new start in Anaheim next season, Whitney should get back to form, particularly with Pronger clearing the way for more ice time.
- It will be easy to forget and overlook Leclaire going into this season. He got off to a slow start, was injuried most of last season, then was moved to a falling Senators squad. But remember, he was a rising star in 2008, and Ottawa isn't blowing up their team. The Senators could easily bounce back to the playoffs this year, and Leclaire could certainly get back to the top 10 in the process.
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wade redden!!! boy do i hope your right..u should add ryan callahan to that list.. he went 22-20-42 last year i think.. and 25 of so of those points came after the deadline...expect him to put him 55 points or so.. hes a nice complement pllayer for a fantasy team
I think Jamie Langenbrunner should be on that list....he got 29 last year and really didnt heat up until the second half of the season....playing along side zajac and parise i think this is the year he nets 30....
Howitzer the Devils stats will go way down this year because of the system they will be playing. Langs will be lucky if he pots 25 this season. Parise will pot 40 goals but in Lemaire's system he will put a stranglehold on that offense.
that is the safe bet, but there have been encouraging quotes from JL that leads me to think he sees there is limited success in his system....i dont expect it to be brent sutter hockey but i dont expect it to be 1995/minnesota snooze fest either....
what does that mean, "Redden is the best the Rangers have to offer when gaborik is out"?................I don't get that
jimbo...obviously redden has been practicing all summer to fill in at wing....in his defense, defense wasnt working out too well for him
Jimbo I think he means his production will go up because most likely when Gaborik is on the ice Redden will to and on the PP.
where have you heard that Redden has been practicing to play wing?
you don't watch hockey, do you? Wade Redden hasn't had 'it' in 3 years... that's generally pretty indicative that he won't have a massive surge in production...
Also don't see a proven producer like Spezza lasting until 'later rounds'... if by later rounds you mean round 2 or 3, then perhaps.
Eklund ...... anxious to see when one of his scoops come to fruition. Lots of blah blah and not much substance here.
Makes me proud to know I drafted Brassard a couple weeks ago in my draft... Kid has so much talent and will most likely be centering Nash... Thanks for reminding me how cool I am