In the third installment of Fantasy Hockey Super Sleepers I look at prospects who have increased value in roto league or multi-category format leagues.
These players may have little to no value in standard pointís only leagues that draft about 200 players. For the more serious and hard core fantasy hockey participants this list digs deep to uncover these hidden gems who can provide you with a healthy stat line full of hits, shots, blocked shots, PIMís and even a few points.
1. Michael Ferland
: Left/Right Wing, Calgary Flames, 21 years old
Last season was a difficult one for the big power forward. He started his pro career in the AHL but was demoted to the ECHL before being returned to junior as an overage player playing in three leagues on four teams. He has come to camp this year looking to get his career on track and has turned heads and even drawn comparisons to the Canucks Zack Kassian.
Ferland has decent size at 6í0Ē 195LBS and scored at a point per game pace in the WHL last season. He projects to play in the AHL this season, but with Brian Burke now with Calgary, he may push for the truculent style of Ferland to see NHL time as soon as this season.
2. Antoine Roussel
: Left Wing/Centre, Dallas Stars, 23 years old
The Stars new shift disturber is filling the shoes of Steve Ott
nicely as he led the Stars in PIMs last season with 85, was a plus-3, won 54.6% of his draws, and scored seven goals and seven assists in 39 games. During the lockout with Texas in the AHL he racked up 107 PIMs in 43 games while scoring 19 points. If you can find Roussel on your waiver wire, grab him immediately.
3. Alex Petrovic
: Defense, Florida Panthers, 21 years old
Petrovic only played six NHL games last year and had no points and was a minus-8. Thatís the bad news. The good news is he is 6í4Ē 206 LBS, had 25 PIMs, 10 hits and 4 blocked shots. In 55 AHL games last year he scored 17 points and had 102 PIMs. He has been returned to the AHL to start the 2013 season, but as one of the Panthers top prospects, he is a sure-fire NHL shut down defender with Jared Cowen upside.
4. Andy Andreoff
: Centre, Los Angeles Kings, 22 years old
Andreoff is the ideal fourth line centre. He had 111 PIMs and 26 points in 69 AHL games last season. He is physical, can fight, hit and score and he also wins faceoffs. Three of his 13 goals were PP goals to boot. He will eventually replace Colin Fraser
as he does everything better while costing less. Andreoff has impressed at camp this year but will likely see the majority of this season in the AHL. A future roto stud.
5. Connor Crisp
: Left Wing, Montreal Canadiens, 19 years old
Crisp missed almost his entire draft year due to an injury and as a result was undrafted in 2012. After 63 games with the lowly Erie Otters, Crisp had 36 points and piled up 139 points, enough to be selected 71st overall by the Habs in 2013. Crisp has impressed in the Montreal rookie and training camps but as expected was returned to junior to continue to develop. A year older than the rest of those drafted in New Jersey, Crisp is closer to making it to the NHL and may not be as long term an investment as other prospects selected in the last draft.
6. Rich Clune:
Right/Left Wing, Nashville Predators, 26 years old
Clune has replaced Jordin Tootoo
as his teamís energy super pest. Clune had nine points and 113 penalty minutes and 159 hits in 47 games last season. He should challenge for the league lead in PIM and hits in 2013-14. He is a bargain at a cap hit of less than a million for the next two years.
7. Andrey Pedan
: Defense, New York Islanders, 20 years old
Pedan was a dominant force for Guelph in the OHL last season with 44 points and 145 PIMs in 60 games. Nine of his 14 goals were scored on the power play. The big Lithuanian is an impressive 6í4Ē 204 pound defender who will hit, pile up PIMs and even score. His NHL debut may be a year or two away, but he could be dominant in roto leagues.
8. Chris Brown:
Right/Left Wing, Phoenix Coyotes, 22 years old
Brown has left college and turned pro, he played his first pro year mainly in the AHL scoring 29 goals and 47 points in 68 games while amassing 98 penalty minutes. Look for Brown to crack the NHL this year and produce a nice balance of points, hits and PIMs in his rookie season while having a comfortable $900k.
9. Radko Gudas:
Defense, Tampa Bay Lightning, 23 years old
The giant Czech is a wrecking ball. In only 22 NHL games he had 87 hits and 38 PIMs, was a plus-3, and scored five points. While offense is not his forte, he can win you the hits category handily.
10. Tyler Biggs:
Right Wing, Toronto Maple Leafs, 20 years old
At 6í2Ē 205 LBS, Biggs was a man among boys with Oshawa in the OHL last season scoring 53 points and 55 PIMs in 60 games. Biggs will play with the Marlies in the AHL this year and may debut in the NHL next year, but when he arrives he will be a fan favorite as the Leafs new power forward delivering a Milan Lucic
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