Fantasy Hockey 2011: Super Sleepers

Casey Wellman - Minnesota Wild

In his third pro-season, its looking like Casey will eclipse his previous games played mark in the big leagues of 15 games played a season ago. He's put up good numbers on the farm, 19 points in 20 games, 11 of those goals. He's seen a boost in ice-time on the current Wild road trip and he's contributed with 4 points in 4 games. He may stick around on the Wild second line if his strong play continues.

Zack Kassian - Buffalo Sabres

He potted a goal and an assist against the Flyers the other day, in what could go down as his 'break-out' game. He earned 15 minutes in play that night. Playing on the third line with Luke Adam and Paul Gaustad, it will be interesting to see if he can be a steady source of fantasy production this season.

Ian Cole - St. Louis Blues

Considered to be the best defenceman prospect in the Blues system, he could stick around in Blues line-up after being a frequent healthy scratch earlier in the year. Although when Shattenkirk returns his position may be in doubt. His 2 point night against Anaheim should be noted as he showed he can be productive if given ice-time.

Pat Dwyer - Carolina Hurricanes

Did anyone know he plays on a line with Eric Staal and .. well Jiri Tlusty? He's getting considerable ice-time on their current road trip. Never a big time scorer, rather a hard working utility man - take note of Dwyer and see if he sticks around on the Staal line.

T.J. Galiardi - Colorado Avalanche

After enjoying a 39 point season in 2009/10, bigger things were expected of T.J. the next season. It didn't happen as his season was derailed by injuries and he only collected 15 points in 35 games. He recently he found himself centering a line with Matt Duchene and Brandon Yip as his wingers. Take note.

Matt Hackett - Minnesota Wild

If you're looking for a ton of production this season, he's probably not the goalie for you. But if you're in a keeper league, stash this guy. Get this: In his first two games of his NHL career he's posted two wins (one being a shut-out) and a .974 SV% in Los Angeles and San Jose. He's going to be a starter someday soon.

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