Tuesday, October 4, 2011

30 in 30: Top NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks - Washington Capitals

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

Troy Brouwer – Washington Capitals
Position – Right Wing
Height – 6’2”
Weight – 214
Drafted – 7th Round, 214th Overall, 2004 NHL Entry Draft
2010/2011 NHL Stats – 79GP, 17G, 19A, 36P, -2, 38PIM

Despite being Stanley Cup favorites in the playoffs last spring, the Washington Capitals were once again knocked out early. It’s not like the Capitals were missing a lot of pieces, they just had to make a few adjustments. One of those adjustments was to add some more grit to a team that was going in a more defensive direction last season. At the draft this summer the Capitals traded their late first round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for emerging power forward Troy Brouwer. Brouwer is one of those players that everyone has been saying will have a big breakout season one of these years. This could be that year in Washington.

Last season Brouwer scored 36 points in 79 games with Blackhawks while averaging just over 15 minutes of ice time each night. The big winger should see an increase in playing time this season while getting some big minutes on the Caps second line along with Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble. While Brouwer will see time on the second unit power play it wouldn’t be surprising to see him put up Brooks Laich numbers this year (48 points in 2010/11). With the Capitals aiming to once again be an offensive juggernaut in the league, look for Brouwer to flirt with 50 points this season.

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