2020-21 Sleeper Candidates

2020-21 Sleeper Candidates

While it's tough to go wrong with any player in the early rounds, you have to be able to round out the depth of your roster with reliable players in the later rounds in order to have success in fantasy hockey. Whether it's a youngster poised for a breakout campaign or a bounce-back effort from an aging veteran, getting your late-round picks right can be the difference between the sweet taste of victory and the stench of defeat. Here are 10 potential steals that should be available in the mid-to-late rounds of this year's drafts. 

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Nick Suzuki was impressive as a rookie, racking up 13 goals and 41 points in 71 contests last year. He converted his shots at a reasonable 9.4 percent rate and worked his way into a top-six spot with a hearty role on the power play. While there's perhaps still some work to do defensively, Suzuki is poised to be the centerpiece of the Canadiens' offense heading into 2020-21. It wouldn't be surprising to see him top his rookie-year numbers even with a shortened 56-game campaign. The Ontario native will also contribute physically – he had 64 hits last year, just under one per game. The 13th overall pick from the 2017 draft is poised for a breakout year in the NHL's North Division. 

Alex DeBrincat didn't make many fans last season when he produced just 45 points (18 goals, 27 helpers) in 70 games one year after a 41-goal, 76-point campaign. The steep decline

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Shawn Hutchinson
Shawn has covered sports independently since 2010, and joined RotoWire in 2019. He serves as a beat writer for the Calgary Flames and contributes in hockey and baseball. Shawn also enjoys soccer, rooting on his hometown teams: Sounders FC and Reign FC.
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