There are always tough decisions to make early on in fantasy hockey drafts, but it's hard to go wrong when there are a plethora of superstars still on the board. However, things become much less straightforward in the mid-to-late rounds when big-name players become increasingly scarce. Finding a few diamonds in the rough is imperative to transforming a competitive roster into a championship-caliber team. Here are a few sleeper candidates who could help you do just that in 2019-20.
Andrei Svechnikov, Carolina Hurricanes
Svechnikov posted a sneaky-good 20-goal, 37-point campaign in 2018-19, resulting in a seventh-place finish in the voting for the Calder Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's rookie of the year. Impressively, all of his goals came at even strength, and while his 10.6 shooting percentage was rock solid, it could definitely improve during his sophomore campaign. Svechnikov will be locked into a top-six spot skating on a line with Jordan Staal or Sebastian Aho in 2019-20, and should be a staple on the Hurricanes' first power-play unit as well – an improved role which should lead to a dramatic increase in scoring opportunities. For reference, a line of Svechnikov, Staal, and Teuvo Teravainen recorded an outstanding 62.9 Corsi percentage last year. Deploying that trio full-time should enhance each of their respective fantasy values significantly this season.
Mats Zuccarello, Minnesota Wild
Zuccarello may be a fairly well-known name, but he's still flying under the radar a bit ahead of the upcoming season. He'll be