Fantasy Hockey sleepers 2018-19

Fantasy hockey forwards flying under the radar heading into the 2018-19 season: PART 1

Vinnie Hinostroza: Coming over to the Coyotes may have made all possible fantasy owners skeptical about the 24-year-old young forward. Yet, this may be Hinostroza best shot to make a name for himself in the NHL. Coming from a place that sells out every night and is a media mad house, Hinostroza had high expectations. Settling into a more quiet and less crazed fan base like Arizona may give the young forward sometime to play looser and more creative. He tallied 25 points last season and is surely on pace to surpass that. If him, Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Perlini can gel together, Hinostroza is bound for a solid 35 point season. Being able to play with Galchenyuk will be very beneficial for the young forward and not to mention Perlini is no slump his 17 goal and 30 pint season holds some merit. I would not mind giving Hinostroza a chance early in the season.

Jake DeBrusk/Ryan Donato: Perhaps they do fly under the radar but these are not big name in Boston with Bergeron, Pastrnak, Krejci, Marchand, Chara, McAvoy these two young guns fly under the radar perhaps. DeBrusk is coming off a monster first year with 43 points in 70 games. While Donato played just 12 games last season he did collect 9 points. DeBrusk is slotted with Krejci and Backes, he will be tested again and expected to have another 40 plus point season. While Donato is slotted on line three with potential to move up. Donato has the chance to play with Harvard for one more year or come join Boston, if he does join Boston he will be immediately a topic of discussion. Definitely look for DeBrusk next year early and keep an eye on Donato as the draft continues.

Sam Reinhart Buffalo Sabres Sam Reinhart: A player that everyone should have on their radar now that Buffalo acquired Jeff Skinner. Reinhart has settled in nicely with Eichel as they two have been a solid pairing but now with Skinner-Eichel-Reinhart. A lot of attention will be on Skinner and Eichel to perform and we all know what happens when a player who can score, and do his job is paired with elite talent, they usually feed off the players around them quite well and have a good year(Patrick Maroon with McDavid, JT Miller when he got sent to Tampa, Mikko Rantanen with McKinnon). Reinhart last year collected an even 50 points, 25 goals and 25 assists. He has progressively increased year after year since his 42 point season in 2015-16. Now to pair him with Skinner and Eichel two sure 65 plus point players, Reinhart is on his way to a 55 point season or more to say the least. A solid mid round pick and someone who will has huge upside to him!

Valeri Nichushkin: So, he did not play in the NHL last year and had a subpar year over in Russia, but being back with Jason Spezza and a hungry Dallas team, I think we may see Nichushkin’s best year in the NHL. It is not hard to do considering his highest point total in the NHL is 34 points we may see a similar finish around 35 points or upwards of 40 points out of him. If Spezza can get it together and get back to his 50 plus point year Nichushkin is bound to have a better year as well. He has the potential to be a solid top six player in the NHL but due to the KHL time and some uncertainty about his desire to play at the NHL level he has been a mystery to say the least. Playing top six minutes and on the power play will be a big test for the 23-year-old winger, but if all pans out and him, Spezza and Radek Fafska can gel together it can be a good year for the Russian winger. Don’t forget about Fafska’s 33 point year, plus a healthy Spezza and hungry Nichuskhkin, it may pan out well.

Tyler Bertuzzi: We know this kid is already more skilled than his uncle Todd, but we also have to think with what he did with Grand Rapid he will beĀ  solid NHL player too. He is coming off only 48 games at the NHL level and 23 years old but with a lot of potential and youth in that Detroit locker room it may be a good time for Bertuzzi to establish himself as a regular on that team. If he stays where he is right now with Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha the young left winger will surely elevate his game to the next level and be a solid 40 point player. He tallied 24 points in 48 games last season, so throw another 30 plus games and 16 points in there it is not impossible. He has the tools around him and he stays in that top six even he is going to be a solid fantasy player with a lot of upside next year.

 

 

 

 

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