Monday, September 5, 2011

30 in 30: Top NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks - Anaheim Ducks

It's almost time for those annual fantasy hockey drafts. While most drafts will feature the same players going in the first two rounds it's those players that you take in the mid to late rounds that will win you your pool. Sure your buddies laughed at you when you drafted Dustin Byfuglien last year when he went to the Thrashers and was being moved back to the blue line but you ended up looking like a genius after the first two months of the season. Here's the first of thirty players that could be great sleeper picks in your draft this year.

Brandon McMillan - Anaheim Ducks
Position - Centre
Height - 5'11
Weight - 188
Drafted - 3rd Round, 85th overall - 2008 NHL Entry Draft
2010/2011 Stats - 60 GP, 11G, 10A, 21P, -5, 18PIM

Last year was Brandon McMillan's first full season in the NHL. Playing in a limited role he was able to score 11 goals as a rookie. Looking at the list of centermen that the Ducks have this could be a big season for the second year player.

The Ducks currently have Ryan Getzlaf, Saku Koivu, Andrew Cogliano, Nick Bonino, and McMillan as possible centermen next season. Obviously Getzlaf and Koivu will center the top two lines and newly acquired Cogliano will more than likely be the team's third line centre. This means there's a good chance that McMillan could see some time as a winger on the second line. With the possibility of Teemu Selanne retiring you could see McMillan play as the team's second line right winger in addition to getting more of those important minutes on the power play.

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