Originally written on Fantasy Sports Locker Room  |  Last updated 9/24/13

Beau Bennett, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins This guy is going to be on the top of everyone’s fantasy hockey sleeper list and so he should. Jarome Iginla shipped off to Boston leaving a spot open on the Penguins second line. Beau Bennett has been skating alongside Evgeni Malkin and James Neal and at times with those two last year, the 21-year-old did not look out of place. Your fantasy stock rises dramatically anytime you can play with a duo that combined for 90 goals in 2011-12. Bennett was impressive during his rookie season putting up 14 points (5 on the power play) in 26 games while firing 30 shots on goal. So not only will he play with two studs, he’ll get time on the ice with the extra man… surrounded by skilled players. Brenden Morrow and Tyler Kennedy are no longer playing hockey in the Steel City so there shouldn’t be much competition for the former 2010 first-round pick (No. 20). Of course he’s appealing because of how skilled his linemates are, but I think it’s worth it to have Bennett on your radar especially if you fail to land Malkin or Neal. The bottom line is that Bennett has the talent to play with Pittsburgh’s big boys and the sophomore has an extremely high ceiling as he’s in for fantasy stardom if he ends the year playing with Malkin and Neal.   Brent Burns, RW, D, San Jose Sharks San Jose has made it clear they want to play Brent Burns at right wing after he showed instant chemistry on a line with Joe Thornton last season. The best fantasy players are those who can be slotted into multiple positions. Brent Burns is your guy, plus he’s in for a fantastic fantasy season. Burns played defense for years in Minnesota and a bit with San Jose over the past two seasons, but he will go back to forward which is the position he grew up playing in the minors. Burns finished last year playing on a line with Joe Thornton and Thornton has been known to treat his linemates pretty good. Burns is next in line to reap all the benefits. Burns failed to register a point over his first six games of the season. He was then given the chance up front to play with Thornton where he put up 10 points in 10 games during the month of March. He followed that up with 10 more over his next 14 games to close out the season. He’ll viewed as a defensemen come draft time and could come at a later round as a result and with 24 points in his final 20 games you can’t go wrong with Burns. The top D will come off the board and Burns may just slip under the radar. I think you could get 20 plus goals and 50 points from him this season and there won’t be too many D-men who finish with 50 plus. In fact, after Karlsson’s 78 points in 2011-12 (the last 82 game season), there were only four other defensemen that reached the 50 point mark.   Colin Wilson, LW, Nashville Predators The Predators are hoping Colin Wilson picks up where he left off last season before having season ending shoulder stabilization surgery on both shoulders. The 23 year old was enjoying a break out season with 19 points in 24 games. Wilson is a big speedy forward with great offensive abilities and is capable of playing center as well as the wing. Last year’s deadline trade that send Martin Erat to the Washington Capitals opens up the door for Wilson to prove his worth in a much bigger role. Wilson has been skating on the team’s second line during preseason with Matt Cullen and Viktor Stalberg. Wilson was a hot commodity on the waiver wire before his injury don’t let him go undrafted this year. A 25 goal, 50 point season is not a stretch and is very do-able.   Matt Frattin, RW, Los Angeles Kings Matt Frattin is off to Cali where he is sure to enjoy the sun and the good times that a Hollywood life style can bring… as well as a chance to play with a flurry of skilled forwards. FSLR ranked the rookies inside the locker room and we had Tyler Toffoli high on our list. He may have the best chance to play on one of the top two lines in Los Angeles, but Matt Frattin has already clicked playing on a line with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. Frattin had a goal and two assists while Carter scored twice and picked up an assist. As of now, Frattin has to be the number one option to replace Dustin Penner on the Kings second line. Frattin had 11 points in his first 11 games with the Maple Leafs last season, but only two over his next 14. He has the skill-set to play with the L.A. stars and he’ll be sure to get plenty of power play time. The question will be whether or not Frattin can keep up with the two-time Western Conference finalists.   Mikkel Boedker, LW, Phoenix Coyotes 26 points in 48 games last year isn’t spectacular, but 15 over his last 20 are the kind of fantasy numbers I like. Things should get better for Boedker this season as he’s never played with a skilled center like Mike Ribeiro before. Ribeiro, Boedker and Shane Doan should round out the Yotes’ top line and they should put up points. The 23-year-old is extremely talented and should provide a ton of power play points with Ribeiro as his set up man.   Lars Eller, C, Montreal Canadiens Lars Eller notched 13 points over the final 12 games of the season. (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images) Montreal finished as the fourth highest scoring team in the league last year and with a team lacking superstar forwards it hard to tell where the offense will come from. I’ve been seeing a lot of Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher in fantasy hockey rankings, here, and on other sites. I think it’s crazy to rank the sophomores and not Lars Eller who will center the two on the Habs third line this season. When paired on a line with Galchenyuk last season, the two combined for points 25 in 12 games. Eller finished with 29 points in 79 games two year’s ago, but last year he broke out with 30 points in 46 games and turned into quite the playmaker adding 22 assists. The 23-year old is destined for a top-six role in Montreal, but he’ll have to wait at least a couple more years. As for now he’ll continue as the teams third center between two hard working players. Eller was knocked out in the very first playoff game last season with a concussion, but has responded with a strong summer. He won’t score you a ton of goals, maybe 15-20 with 30-35 assists. He won’t be on many fantasy radar’s, but if you find yourself in a deep league or in a keeper/dynasty format then take a flyer on this guy as he’s only improving.   Mats Zuccarello, LW, New York Rangers For what it’s worth, a buddy of mine watched the Rangers practice in Banff this past weekend and he said Zuccarello was the best Ranger on the ice. It’s not a knock on the team, Zuc (who I just now decided I’ll call him) has a ton of skill and he showed it last season with 15 points in 27 games after returning from Europe. He was impressive in the playoffs as well scoring seven of his 15 during a 13 game run. Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin are on the shelf with injuries for at least the first month of the season and Derek Stepan doesn’t seem to be in any rush to sign a contract. That’s all of New York’s second line gone which which leaves plenty of playing time for Zuc. He’ll play alongside Derick Brassard to start the season and although he may drop to the third line when the Rangers get everyone back, he could also play himself onto a top-six role before the season’s end.   Ville Leino, C,LW, Buffalo Sabres A new year, with a new coach, a new team and a healthy start to the season will do fantasy wonders for Ville Leino. Of course, healthy is the key word here for Leino. He played in only eight games last season, but registered six points while playing on a line with Cody Hodgson and Thomas Vanek. He is slated to play with those two this year which is why I like him. Leino is heading into his third year of a six-year 27 million dollar contract and he’s been nothing but a fantasy busy. In his first season with Buffalo he finished with 25 points in 71 games. Leino is a late round steal and someone you should keep your eye on. I highly doubt many will want to draft this guy, but he’ll get top line minutes and powerplay time with Thomas Vanek… enough said. The post 2013-14 Fantasy Hockey Sleepers appeared first on Fantasy Sports Locker Room.

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