Thursday, November 1, 2007

How about them sleepers?

Let's revisit my sleeper picks for this season. I'll have to mention that I've been a Leclaire supporter since last season - I had drafted him in the last round as a sleeper. He was up on my list because I believed that if he was healthy Columbus would be more than happy to make him their starter. The rest are iffy (save Khabi, who is Chi's only option anyways) but have definitely proven their potential.

1. Carey Price, MTL - Projected Round - 3/4 to completion
2. Manny Legace, STL - Projected Round - 3/4 to completion
3. Mike Smith, DAL - Projected Round - 2/3 to completion
4. Pascal Leclaire, CLB - Projected Round - Undrafted
5. David Aebischer, PHX - Projected Round - 3/4 to completion
6. Dan Sabourin, PIT - Projected Round - Undrafted
7. Nikolai Khabibulin, CHI - Projected Round - 2/3 to completion
8. Jose Theodore, COL - Projected Round - Undrafted
9. Martin Gerber, OTT - Projected Round - 3/4 to completion
10. Jean-Sebastian Aubin, LA - Projected Round - Undrafted

Pretty pretty good. Those guys are definitely of more value than they were on draft day.

1. Duncan Keith, CHI
2. Carlo Colaiacovo, TOR
3. Mark Streit, MON
4. Brent Seabrook, CHI
5. Ian White, TOR
6. Adrian Aucoin, CGY
7. Niklas Kronvall, DET
8. Fedor Tyutin, NYR
9. Thomas Pock, NYR
10. Cam Barker, CHI

Pretty pretty bad, but then again its really hard to see a defenseman 'break out'. The season is still young.

1. Niklas Backstrom, WSH
2. Lee Stempniak, StL
3. Jiri Hudler, DET
4. Alexander Steen, TOR
5. Drew Strafford, BUF
6. Andrew Ladd, CAR
7. Jonathan Toews, CHI
8. Gilbert Brule, CLB
9. Scottie Upshall, PHI
10. Phil Kessel, BOS

Toews is playing incredibly well. Backstrom is auditioning for biggest bust already. I'm sure he's played well, but where are the headturning plays we expected? Also, keep an eye on Kessel. With Bergeron out, Kessel's offensive presence should increase.

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