Fantasy Hockey DEEP Sleeper candidates for the 2018-19 campaign

Petr Mrazek: After a “failed” stint in Philadelphia it seems the young goaltender has been given one more chance in Carolina. After signing a one year deal with the Hurricanes this offseason. Mrazek will be used as either a back up or the number one option in Carolina if Scott Darling does not perform to #1 standards. With Cam Ward out it opened the perfect door for Mrazek going to Carolina with not much to lose and on a “prove it” deal Mrazek has the ability to either take Darling’s spot or be a spot starter for you next year. Darling played in 40 games last year posting a 13-21-7 record and a 3.18 GAA and .888 save percentage. So right now this is anyone’s crease in Carolina, with Mrazek’s 3.06 GAA and 14-13-6 record and .906 save percentage the two goaltenders are very similar. It is worth a shot to wait on Mrazek and use him as a waiver wire add every now and again.

Oliver Bjorkstrand: Being extended in Columbus is a good sign for Bjorkstrand as he now has the ability to play a little looser and be more creative. After completing his first full year, playing in all 82 games last season Bjorkstrand collected 11 goals and 29 assists with 9 power play points. It seems as if Bjorkstrand will be slotted on the second line, now if Panarin does end up leaving, Bjorkstrand easily gets pumped up and he is playing top three minutes. Either way he is seeing top six minutes next season it seems like and playing alongside Nick Foligno and Alex Wennberg will be beneficial to the young right wingers growth. It is worth a shot on Bjorkstrand if he is there late in the draft around the 12th-14th round, why not or just wait on the waiver wire.

NHL Fantasy hockey sleepers 2018-19
Keep them together good things can happen…

Anthony Beauvillier: This is a known deep sleeper I feel like. With all the concerns surrounding the Islanders right now, a lot of people are under estimating how good Beauvillier could be, last year he tallied 21 goals and 36 points in his first season with the Islanders. Sure Tavares won’t be there next year but he did not play with Tavares anyways so it does not mater, Beauvillier started seeing more time with Barzal and Eberle and that line was clicking. If they do option for that line again we can expect similar if not more production. Now put into consideration he has a year under his belt, will be more confident, will be playing power play two time and now gets an awesome coach. If others sleep on this guy, don’t let him go.

Jimmy Vesey: With his new bridge deal, Vesey has a lot to prove these next two years to the Rangers new coach and the Rangers fans in general. When Vesey came over he was a expected to be a big free agency signing. While he came from Harvard winning the Hobey Baker the shifty left winger has not been all glit and glamour under the New York stars. After tallying back to back 16 plus goal years, Vesey has not been all that consistent throughout the year though. He seems to hit his stride and fall off quickly, but now with two years under his belt and some top players leaving. Vesey will have ample amount of playing time and a clean slate with David Quinn. I would say a solid 12th or even later look at Vesey is a good choice.

Brenden Dillon: With Paul Martin gone and the Sharks having a pretty adjustable defenseman roster from 2-7, Dillon has the potential to be a top four defenseman on this Sharks roster. Last year Dillion collected a career high 22 points, with 17 assists and 5 goals. Dillon is the perfect example of a deep sleeper, although he does not get tossed around a lot in the league the left handed defenseman can be a very beneficial spot start, a solid waiver wire addition that is going to give you 15+ minutes per game with a ton of upside.

Vince Dunn: Collecting 19 assists and 24 points in his first year the 6’0 left handed defenseman surely made his name worthwhile for fantasy hockey owners to look at. Dunn also collected 9 powerplay points and now with 79 games under his belt young defenseman will be called upon more next year. The sophomore slump concerns come in but we are not expecting much from Dunn other than upwards of 24 points, which for a waiver wire add or 13th or later draft pick the Blues second line, #4 defenseman is for sure a deep sleeper. Playing alongside Colton Parayko on line two and on the second powerplay provides major upside. If Dunn’s name is out there. Give him a chance!



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