Top 10 fantasy hockey sleeper picks for 2017-18

Again, not too early. He isnt showing up on many lists, but NHL teams have been talking to him. Matthews has all the opportunity in the world to be Connor McDavid , version 2. Post navigation

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The year-old recorded more than 1. Petersburg SKA for the past three seasons, including a career best 76 points 36G 50A in 50 games in Shipachyov is just about as unknown as an NHL player can be. The 30 year old has no NHL experience and is joining a brand new expansion team.

While he has no history in the NHL, Shipachyov has put up very strong results in his 9-year KHL career, peaking last year with him scoring in 50 games. The 19 year old only managed 8 points in 28 games, and spent most of his season in the AHL. There was so much talk about Fleury becoming the biggest star on the Golden Knights that you might think it adds a lot of pressure to his performance.

With any expansion franchise, there is not much pressure to succeed and become a threat to the league. It is afterall a building year to see what there is to work with.

This is especially true for a declining goalie who is arguably on the roster not to take them to the promised land but as an experienced veteran and a jersey seller at the team shop.

Fleury is in a position of simply playing hockey and enjoying his time in a brand new market. Fleury may start off the season slow and not quite in tune with the ongoing distraction of playing hockey in Las Vegas but he could very well shine as the season goes on as he realizes this is a chance of a lifetime and an opportunity to be the big shot in a thriving fanbase. Barkov has the big body and high-level skill up the middle most teams dream of. He has value in deeper leagues, along with the potential to surprise.

If the year-old develops even decent chemistry with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan on the Flames' new-look top line and power play, he'll score 30 goals. If 30 goals means something in your fantasy league, don't hesitate to invest in this perennially underrated asset. He scored 25 in 71 games with the Vegas Golden Knights in not playing with skaters of Gaudreau and Monahan's caliber.

Losing two months to a lower-body injury, Palat managed only 35 points in All healed up, the year-old should collect 60 this campaign alongside either center Brayden Point more likely or Steven Stamkos less likely. And look out if the year-old Point erupts, as he very well might, in his third full NHL go-around. For those new to the scene, a reminder that after sitting out half of with a back injury, then taking some time to work off the rust, the veteran winger concluded with 16 points in 19 games, including 12 goals.

If healthy, which he is now, Parise will score plus goals on a Wild top-six scoring line and No. The severe drop-off in production through Bratt's final 30 regular-season games five points , coupled with his benching in all but one postseason contest, was almost as surprising as the 30 points he amassed up until Jan.

Then again, the former Swedish pro, only 19 years old for all of his rookie campaign, wouldn't be the first to eventually suffer from mental and physical exhaustion in his first season in the NHL. However, a full season on a top line with Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier hints at a high ceiling for Bratt, if that's where he sticks. The kid's well worth a late-round gamble in most leagues.

The thenyear-old defenseman was clearly offered great opportunities to produce in his rookie campaign and will undoubtedly face the challenge of harder minutes this coming season.

Still, Sergachev isn't expected to regress on the production front. If anything, he should improve on his point showing by seeing more ice time all around, sitting second only to Victor Hedman in the club's offensive-defensemen pecking order. The first-round draft selection has even greater value in keeper leagues. Like Minnesota's Parise, Theodore is featured prominently obsessively? That's how Theodore wrapped up , collecting nine points in his closing 10 games. Just one of many frustrated Oilers, Klefbom is looking to benefit from a fresh start after an altogether dismal Still the favorite to anchor a No.

Robby Fabbri , C, St. Injuries last season prevented Fabbri from building on a successful rookie campaign. He's still only 21 years old and is being pegged for a move to center this season.

While, that may seem troubling on paper with Brayden Schenn coming to town and Paul Stastny already residing there, this deserves a second look. Vladimir Tarasenko needs a new center, with Jori Lehtera now gone, and we know already that Stastny doesn't click in that role. Schenn has been playing the wing throughout his tenure with the Flyers and could just as easily stay there.

It won't take much for Fabbri to push up the depth chart and earn a connection with Tarasenko on the top line. There are plenty of danglers that have made junior hockey opponents look silly only to never find their defensive feet in the NHL. I've been waiting for this kid to hit the big time for some time. Swapped for Jordan Eberle in the offseason, Strome gets a fresh start in Edmonton where early projections have him playing on a line with Connor McDavid.

We'd be talking about where to draft a sack of onions if it was pegged to share the ice in the offensive zone with McDavid, but the fact is that we are talking about a year-old who has scored at better than a point per game for his career at every level except the NHL. Strome certainly struggled with his foot game in Long Island, but McDavid erases a lot of those concerns with his own ability.

The sky is the limit here, but just don't get too cute. The Oilers have lots of other options, and Strome has zero fantasy value as a bottom-six forward. Dion Phaneuf , D, Ottawa Senators th. Not all sleepers are the sexy kind of sleepers that make you look knowledgable in front of your leaguemates.

Some sleepers are downright ugly, but they get the job done. Phaneuf is not a pick that will make anyone tip their fantasy cap in your direction, but the dude does his job, statistically.

He finished 20th among defensemen last season on the ESPN Player Rater, but is being drafted this season as the 39th defenseman off the board.

To boot, he could have the power play all to himself to begin the season, as Erik Karlsson continues to recover from a heel injury. This year-old defenseman has had a couple of false starts to his NHL career, but he has all the makings of a new power play quarterback for the Islanders.

His shot is a cannon, as evidenced by his scoring totals in the AHL. He was two goals off the league lead in as an AHL rookie, scoring 17 goals in just 54 games the defensemen ahead of him all played 62 games or more. Pulock might have earned the quarterback role last season if not for an early lower-body injury that shelved him until December. After that, he finished out the season in the AHL, once again scoring at an elevated pace 15 goals and 46 points in 55 games.

With Travis Hamonic 's locker cleared out, there is a clear path to prime time for Pulock. Mike Smith , G, Calgary Flames th. I totally get a soft approach to Smith. It's easy to sell the bad argument here: