Saturday, September 10, 2011

30 in 30: Top NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks - Chicago Blackhawks

It’s almost time for those annual fantasy hockey drafts. While most drafts 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 league. Here’s the sixth of the thirty players that could be great sleeper picks in your draft this year.
Bryan Bickell - Chicago Blackhawks
Position - Left Wing
Height - 6'4"
Weight - 223
Drafted - 2nd Round, 41st Overall, 2004 NHL Entry Draft
2010/2011 Stats - 78GP, 17G, 20A, 37P, +6, 40PIM
Last season was Bryan Bickell's first full season in the NHL. He ended up having a decent first season by scoring 37 points while averaging around 12 minutes of ice team per game. Bickell ended up dressing in five games of the Hawks playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks and ended up scoring an impressive four points in five games.
It's easy to imagine that Bickell should be able to score at least 20 goals this season. Based on the depth of the Hawks left wingers it's easy to see him playing on the second line with Patrick Sharp. The Hawks will be looking to the 6'4" winger to step up this year as the team's premier power forward.
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