There's a long-standing theory in fantasy sports that leagues are generally won at the back end of drafts. After all, anyone even partially privy to pucks knows about the Sidney Crosbys and Connor McDavids of the world, so you'll need to hone in on sleepers in the mid-to-late rounds to get ahead of the competition. With an emphasis on standard Yahoo scoring and a 12-team format, this article highlights seven NHL players poised to yield big returns in the 2019-20 campaign.
Micheal Ferland - Vancouver Canucks
Knowing full well that his team needs to better protect Calder Trophy winner Elias Pettersson, Canucks GM Jim Benning went ahead and added Ferland in free agency this offseason. The sixth-year winger, who is quite physical and strong on the forecheck, figures to skate on the top line with Pettersson and 2015 first-round draft pick Brock Boeser in 2019-20. Ferland's never averaged more than 15:01 of ice time in a single season, but he's capable of power-play work and managed a respectable 0.40 points-per-game output in previous stops between the Flames and Hurricanes. Opportunity knocks for Ferland in Vancouver.
Dylan Strome - Chicago Blackhawks
Strome's detractors typically point to his clunky skating as a significant impediment, but as we found out last season, his dreamy second-line assignment centering Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane easily offsets any perceived liability. In fact, that lethal forward combination accounted for 67-odd percent of the Blackhawks' goals last year, despite a lackluster Corsi For percentage (46.65) in