Monday, October 3, 2011

30 in 30: Top NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks - Vancouver Canucks

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

Alex Edler – Vancouver Canucks
Position – Defence
Height – 6’3”
Weight – 215
Drafted – 3rd Round, 91st Overall, 2004 NHL Entry Draft
2010/2011 NHL Stats – 51GP, 8G, 25A, 33P, +13, 24PIM

It’s really hard to look at the Canucks roster and name a player who would be a good sleeper pick. They have pretty much the same team that was within one game of winning the Stanley Cup last summer. They’re still going to be a great team and are heavy Stanley Cup favorites once again. The one hole in their lineup that they’re going to miss though is Christian Ehrhoff. Ehrhoff signed a huge 10-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres this summer when he was an unrestricted free agent. With Ehrhoff on his way to Buffalo this allows for Alex Edler to take over the Canucks power-play this season.

Edler will be an easy choice for teams to draft this year but based on his 33 points last year he might fall in some draft rankings. It’s important to remember that his 33 points are misleading though as he missed 31 games in the second half of last season with a back injury. His career high in points came during the 09/10 season where he scored 42 points in 76 games. It’s easy to think that Edler will easily surpass that total this season while running the Canucks power-play. He should be one of the top scoring defenceman this season.

Previous Sleeper Picks:
Day 27 - Toronto Maple Leafs

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