NHL Sleeper Picks For Fantasy Hockey Pools

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NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks 2018/2019

The NHL regular season is back and so are your hopes and dreams of winning your NHL Fantasy Hockey Pool. Not only is some money probably on the line but bragging rights of winning are what most poolies are looking for. Most often the guy who picks the best fantasy sleeper pick is usually the one collectinhg the cash at the end of the NHL season. Besides, picking last year’s version of William Karlsson will probably make the difference between winning money or not.

Your first picks in a pool are easy especially if you are doing a snake draft with names like McDavid, Crosby, Kucherov and Malkin going in everyone’s first round draft but you already know that to win you need those late round sleeper picks that come from either nowhere or nobody else would look at to lead your team to victory.



Some things to look at when making sleeper picks for the 2018/2019 NHL season is line combinations and who coaches are using on first lines and power plays in the preseason and during training camp. Some of the best sleeper picks are the guys that get put on a line with two other superstars and take them from mediocrity to fantasy pick heaven.

Below is our list of top NHL sleeper picks for your fantasy team based on the info we’ve examined leading up to and into training camp. It is important to keep an eye on preseason to see if projected lineups change. Depending on when you are doing your fantasy pool will mean you either will have all the info you need, or be taking some faith that the coaches don’t change too much around after your hockey pool draft has been run.

2018/2019 NHL Sleepers

Forwards Sleeper Picks

Zach Hyman (LW - Toronto Maple Leafs) – So it’s still too early to figure out for sure which line Hyman will be on but his center will either be Tavares or Matthews on a line with either Marner or Nylander. Any which way you look at it Hyman will be on the ice with some solid fire power that will allow his point total to rise this season.

Ondrej Kase (RW - Anaheim Ducks) – Kase is projected to be a 3rd line winger but his talent may force the Ducks to make some adjustment to get him on the ice more. He scored 20 goals while only averaging 14 minutes per game and his point total should rise from a meager 38 in 2018.


Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars) – The Sabres have made some moves to make a bit of a playoff push in 2019 and Mittelstadt will be their 2nd line center unless he fails in training camp or at the beginning of the season. He should be a nice late round pick up as he only had 5 points last year and won’t be on too many people’s radar.

Nolan Patrick (C - Philadelphia Flyers) – The 2nd year player had a mediocre rookie season marred with injuries but now is healthy and has two solid wingers around him. He will get every chance to succeed and should have the talent to do it.


Jesse Puljujarvi (RW - Edmonton Oilers) – Hasn’t showed much in his first 2 years but he is possibly going to play with McDavid in this NHL season and this may be the time for a breakout. The Oilers were a disappointment as a whole last year so look for a lot of Oiler numbers to improve.


Deep Sleeper Picks

Ty Rattie (RW - Edmonton Oilers) – Played well in a short time last year. Could be a 2nd line winger on a team looking to be a playoff contender once again.



Max Domi (LW - Montreal Canadiens) – Domi was traded from the Siberia of hockey in Arizona to the pressure cooker of Montreal. Look for a new start for Domi to kick him back to a 20 goal scorer.


Defensemen Sleeper Picks

Shea Theodore (D - Vegas Golden Knights) – With Nate Schmidt missing the first 20 games of the 2018/2019 NHL season Theodore should get bumped up to the top line. That in itself should bump up his numbers but if he plays well he could just stay there.


Samuel Girard (D - Colorado Avalanche) – Girard was in the big trade involving Matt Duchene and could get a shot at the 1st line on defense or at the least some extra time of the power play since he has more offensive skills.


Goalie Sleeper Picks

Carter Hutton (Buffalo Sabres) – A top free agent signing Hutton now gets to be the number 1 on a growing young team. His win totals may not equal some of the star goalies but if you are in a deep league and pick 2 goalies, he makes a nice fantasy sleeper pick for the goalie position.


Robin Lehner (G - NY Islanders) – Not a great option in goal but he could become the number 1 goalie and he is playing for a bigger contract so with a better team in front of him than last year, Lehner could surprise.



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