Dynasty Fantasy Hockey Late Round Value Picks
In order to win championships, teams will always need a player or two to step up. This is also the case when it comes to fantasy hockey. You need to find players in the later rounds that could help out your team be very successful. If you’re in a 8-team league it probably isn’t that difficult to find possible unexpected sources. If you’re in a 10-12 team league, it probably is more difficult to find those unexpected sources.
It would be nice to have for example John Tavares and Alex Ovechkin on your fantasy team but if you don’t have any body else reliable, you’re going to have a long fantasy season. So to help you endure the long, winding road that is the Fantasy Hockey season, here are my Top 10 Late Round Steals for the 2017-18 season.
10. Mike Smith, Goalie, Arizona Coyotes: Mike Smith played on an awful Arizona Coyotes team last season and his stats were very good. Despite a 19-26-9 record in 55 games played, Smith’s save percentage was .914 with a 2.92 GAA and three shutouts. Smith is going to have more support this season in Calgary and he should win 30 games. Smith will have a better offensive cast in front of him and he will be better than what Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson did last season. Mike Smith will probably play in 60 to 65 games this season. Smith will probably be avaiable past the sixth or seventh round.
9. Sam Reinhart, Center/Forward, Buffalo Sabres: Sam Reinhart is 21 years old and I expect him to put up good numbers in the 2017-2018 season. He will most likely be on the same line as Jack Eichel and it will create space for Reinhart to score. Reinhart scored 17 goals and recorded 30 assists last season with the Sabres. His plus/minus was a -11, but I wouldn’t be to concerned about that. I think Reinhart will score more goals this season, but he will probably be available past the sixth or seventh round.
8. Shea Theodore, Defenseman, Vegas Golden Knights: Theodore is projected to be on the top defensive pairing this season in Vegas with Bryaden McNabb. Theodore has major offensive potential. He will most likely be on the first power play unit. He only scored two goals last season, but Theodore also had seven assists. His plus/minus was a -6. I think his stat line this season is going to sky rocket. He has the potential to score 15-20 goals this season and recorded 25-30 assists. If Theodore is still available in the eighth, ninth, or tenth round, it is definitely worth the risk to take him.
7. Dylan Larkin, Center/Forward, Detroit Red Wings: Larkin has superstar potential but he hasn’t fully reached it yet. Sooner or later he is going to on a hot streak and the rest of the league is going to have to try to figure out how to stop it. Larkin’s name wasn’t mentioned much last season. He did score 17 goals and record 15 assists last season which isn’t bad but for him that seems to be mediocre. His plus/minus of -28 is a concern, but I am sure it won’t be that high this season. I think Larkin does have the potential to score 30 goals and record 25 assists. He will be a good late round pick and I don’t think he will be taken before the seventh or eighth round in some leagues.
6. Sami Vatanen, Defenseman, Anaheim Ducks: In 71 games played last season with the Anaheim Ducks, Vatanen scored three goals and recorded 21 assists. His plus/minus was 3. I think Vatanen will score more goals and record more assists this season. Vatanen will most likely be on the second power play unit, but an injury to Cam Fowler can easily put him on the top power play unit. Vatanen would be a good tenth round or later pick.
5. Josh Ho-Sang, Center/Forward, New York Islanders: The New York Islanders are going to need scoring from others sources this season other than John Tavares and Anders Lee. Josh Ho-Sang is one of the best candidates to do that for the Islanders. Islanders fans were in awe with him last season anytime he touched the puck. In 21 games last season, Ho-Sang scored four goals and recorded six assists. His plus/minus was 1. I think Doug Weight is going to light a fire under his rear end early in the season. I think this will make him play at a high level. Ho-Sang has the potential to score 20+ goals and recorded 25+ assists. He could also be useful on the power play. Ho-Sang is worth the risk in the sixth round or later.
4. Antti Raanta, Goalie, Arizona Coyotes: The Arizona Coyotes will rely on Raanta being the number one goalie after trading Mike Smith to the Calgary Flames. Raanta played well last season when Henrik Lundqvist didn’t play. His record was 16-8-2 with a .922 save percentage and a 2.26 GAA, along with four shutouts. I don’t know how good the Coyotes will be as a team this season but if Raanta plays in 50-60 games, he could very well win 25-30 starts and also have the same save percentage and GAA, but Raanta could record more shutouts. If you don’t have a solid starting goalie by the seventh or eighth round,
3. Jacob Trouba, Defenseman, Winnipeg Jets: Trouba shouldn’t have to worry too much about trade rumors this season. For the past couple of years, it seems like he has been distracted by them and not truly living up to his potential. This season Trouba has no excuse if he under performs. He will be on the top defensive pairing with Josh Morrissey. Trouba won’t be on top power play unit, but he will be on the second power play unit. He scored eight goals and recorded 25 assists last season and his plus/minus was 4, in 60 games played. Trouba should score 15+ goals this season and record the same amount of assists, but it wouldn’t be shocking if he reached 30. Trouba should play in all 82 games this season and he would be a good eighth or ninth round pick.
2. Michael McLeod, Center, New Jersey Devils: It is very possible that McLeod could be still available in like the 11th, 12th, or 13th round and you’re probably going to say to yourself, why is he still available? Well the reason why he would be sitting there is because no one knows much about him, but here is why he is worth the risk. The Devils offense wasn’t very good last season. McLeod was an offensive tank at the OHL level. In 57 games with the Mississauga Steelheads, he scored 27 goals and recorded 46 assists. His plus/minus was 28. In 20-playoff games, McLeod scored 11 goals and recorded 16 assists.
1.Dylan Strome, Center, Arizona Coyotes: This might be the only year that Dylan Strome will be still available between the sixth and tenth rounds. Strome is expected to be a superstar right away in the NHL and one day will be a possible first round fantasy pick. Strome actually played in seven games last year with the Coyotes, but he only recorded one assist. His plus/minus was -5. It shouldn’t be a major concern for him. In 35 games with the Erie Otters (OHL), he scored 22 goals and recorded 53 assists. His plus/minus was 36. In 22-playoff games, he scored 14 goals and recorded 20 assists.