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 seventh of the thirty players that could be great sleeper picks in your draft this year.
Peter Mueller - Colorado Avalanche
Position - Center
Height - 6'2"
Weight - 204
Drafted - 1st Round, 8th Overall, 2006 NHL Entry Draft
2010/2011 Stats - Did Not Play
Concussions have been a major topic of discussion in the NHL lately. Over the last few year's there have been a number of players who have missed significant amounts of time due to concussions like Sidney Crosby, Marc Savard, Pierre Marc-Bouchard, and Peter Mueller. Mueller suffered a concussion near the end of the 2009/2010 season which kept him out of the Avalanche lineup in the playoffs that year. He unfortunately suffered another concussion in the Avs first pre-season game last season which also kept him out of the lineup for the entire 2010/2011 season.
Before he got hurt Mueller was having a breakout season with the Avalanche by scoring 20 points in 15 games. He seemed to find a home in Denver after being deemed a bit of a draft bust by the Phoenix Coyotes who had originally drafted him. Mueller seems to have recovered from his injury and will be sporting the new Easton S19-Z helmet this season to help further prevent any additional concussions. If he can remain healthy it wouldn't be surprising to see him play as a winger on the top line with Matt Duchene and Milan Hejduk.