Thursday, September 29, 2011

30 in 30: Top NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks - St. Louis Blues

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 twenty-fifth of the thirty players that could be great sleeper picks in your draft this year.

David Perron – St. Louis Blues
Position – Left Wing
Height – 6’0”
Weight – 200
Drafted – 1st Round, 26th Overall, 2007 NHL Entry Draft
2010/2011 NHL Stats – 10GP, 5G, 2A, 7P, +7, 12PIM

Concussions have obviously been a big topic in the NHL the last year. Of course Sidney Crosby and Marc Savard suffered major concussions last season which not only ended their seasons but in Savard’s case his career. Another player that suffered from a major concussion was David Perron of the St. Louis Blues. In a game on November 4, Perron was hit by Joe Thornton of the Sharks just as Jumbo Joe was stepping out of the penalty box. Perron ended up scoring later in the game; however, his season was over after the hit.

This past week was a big one for Perron as he attended the Blues training camp for the first time. According to a recent article on the Blues official site, Perron has been doing some light skating the past four weeks and will continue to work out off-ice until he’s ready to join the rest of his teammates on the ice. It doesn’t seem like he’s quite as close to returning as Sidney Crosby is but what’s encouraging is that Perron is back at the rink with his teammates. While he was hurt he stayed away from the rink to focus on his recovery, so him just being at the rink at this point is encouraging news.

You could make an argument about drafting Crosby in the first round (as per a recent article on but where do you take someone like David Perron? Before he got hurt last season he had 7 points in 10 games and looked like he was on his way to surpass is career total of 50 points in the 2008/2009 season. If Perron can return to the Blues lineup by November 1 he could be a good for 50 points. With the lack of a firm return date a lot of teams will probably stay clear of him at your draft. Remember that this is the type of late round sleeper pick that could win you your draft.

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
Day 10 - Detroit Red-Wings
Day 11 - Edmonton Oilers
Day 12 - Florida Panthers
Day 13 - Los Angeles Kings
Day 14 - Minnesota Wild
Day 15 - Montreal Canadiens
Day 16 - Nashville Predators
Day 17 - New Jersey Devils
Day 18 - New York Islanders
Day 19 - New York Rangers
Day 20 - Ottawa Senators
Day 21 - Philadelphia Flyers
Day 22 - Phoenix Coyotes
Day 23 - Pittsburgh Penguins
Day 24 - San Jose Sharks

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