Wednesday, September 14, 2011

30 in 30: Top NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks - Detroit Red-Wings

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-late rounds that will win you your league. Here’s the tenth of the thirty players that could be great sleeper picks in your draft this year.

Ian White – Detroit Red-Wings
Position – Defence
Height – 5’10”
Weight – 195
Drafted – 6th Round, 191st Overall, 2002 NHL Entry Draft
2010/2011 Stats – 78GP, 4G, 22A, 26P, +3, 26PIM

Last season it looked like Ian White was turning into the new Mike Sillinger of the NHL. He’s played on four different teams in the last two seasons and played on three teams last year (Calgary, Carolina, and San Jose). Luckily for White the Detroit Red-Wings signed him to a two year $5.75million contract in July.  It’s clear that he’s a wanted player and at the age of 27 he’s played in five full NHL season’s and could be just getting into the prime of his career. Plus, he grows a killer stache!

According to a recent story on the Red-Wings official site they were going to have him playing with Nicklas Lidstrom in the pre-season. That doesn’t mean a lot right now but if they turn into a good pair (and let’s face it pretty much everyone would look good playing with Lidstrom) that would mean that he’s going to be getting some big minutes this season and possibly some second unit power-play time. I don’t think he’ll get as many points as Lidstrom or Kronwall but look for him to possibly have a 35-40 point season. He could be a great option for your fantasy team this year.

Previous Sleeper Picks:
Day 1 - Anaheim Ducks
Day 2 - Boston Bruins
Day 3 - Buffalo Sabres
Day 4 - Calgary Flames
Day 5 - Carolina Hurricanes
Day 6 - Chicago Blackhawks
Day 7 - Colorado Avalanche
Day 8 - Columbus Blue Jackets
Day 9 - Dallas Stars

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