The Sandman’s Grab Bag: NHL Sleepers is an NHL daily fantasy strategy article finding value in guys you never would expect. An important element of NHL daily fantasy strategy is finding value, so we’ll be highlighting three sleepers every day that come in at a discount, so you can stack your lineup with studs.
These are guys off the traditional radar. As Shakespeare once said, “To sleep, perchance to dominate thy fantasy hockey league.”
Cory Conacher – TB LW – The Tampa Bay Lightning have stormed out of the gate, leading the league in goals, and get a cushy matchup at home in the “Battle of the Sunshine State” with the in-state rival Florida Panthers. This diminutive forward stands at just 5’8”, but for what he lacks in size, he makes up for in ability. Conacher has been called a natural scorer, and after leading the AHL in scoring last year, and winning the MVP as a rookie, he’s now off to a fantastic rookie campaign in the NHL. He’s registered seven points in five games and plays on the Lightning’s second line with the very talented veteran Vincent Lecavalier. The Panthers have also been defensively challenged to start the season, and I expect the Lightning to stay hot and light the lamp a few times in this one.
Cody Hodgson – BUF C – This talented young forward centers the Sabres top line with the red-hot Thomas Vanek and captain Jason Pominville. He’s potted three goals in his first three games this year, and although he failed to register a point in the following two games, I expect that to change today. The Maple Leafs come to town and they bring with them their awful goaltending. Last year the Leafs were second to last in goals against, and so far it doesn’t look like that’s going to change this season. Cody has already scored against the Leafs once this year, plays significant time on the power play unit, and comes at a discounted price.
Raphael Diaz – MON D – This guy probably sounds more like a baseball player, but I can assure you he can play hockey. Diaz is off to a great start in his second year in the league with five assists in just four games, three of them coming on the power play. He plays on the top power play unit alongside talented veteran defenseman Andrei Markov, who is also off to a hot start. The Habs draw Winnipeg at home, a team that gave up nearly three goals per game last year. I expect Winnipeg to have Ondrej Pavelec in goal tomorrow, and although he’s off to a fairly good start, he’s usually good to give up a goal or two, or maybe four.
Since there’s a big slate today, I’ll mention a few others here, and if you have any specific questions or concerns, hit me up on twitter and I will get back to you.
Forwards: Damien Brunner, Travis Zajac, Mikael Granlund, and Alex Galchenyuk
Defensemen: Dougie Hamilton, Mike Kostka, and Marc Methot