2019-20 Post-Hype Sleepers
2019-20 Post-Hype Sleepers

Did you know that the Simple Minds song "Don't You (forget about me)" is about post-hype fantasy hockey sleepers? Okay, I lied – although that is the topic at hand. Considering more than 1,000 players carve up NHL ice each season, it's all too easy to overlook some gems. But as unpredictable as hockey can be, I'm confident the following names deserve attention in standard fantasy drafts as we eagerly anticipate the 2019-20 campaign.

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Rickard Rakell

The silver lining for Anaheim's depleted forward corps from last season is that a number of prospects ascended to the big stage. Maxime Comtois put up two goals and 10 assists through his first 10 top-level games and the Ducks unleashed even more head-turners in Troy Terry, Max Jones, Kiefer Sherwood and Sam Steel. Still, that's no reason to overlook an eight-year veteran like Rakell. The top-line winger has a clean bill of health after an ankle injury stole a good month from his 2018-19 campaign. He finished the year with 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in the final 18 games, and a bit more puck luck should help him rebound from an uncharacteristically low 9.3 shooting percentage in 2019-20. Rakell produced back-to-back 30-plus-goal seasons before fading into relative obscurity, so it'll be important to keep tabs on his availability in fantasy drafts.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Contrary to popular belief, Connor McDavid isn't the only show in Edmonton. Leon Draisaitl is supremely talented in his own right and has the

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