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Fantasy: Biggest steals of 2019-20

NHL.com identifies players who far surpassed average draft position this season

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com identifies the biggest fantasy hockey steals of the 2019-20 season based on average draft position. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

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Kyle Connor, LW, WPG (ADP: 130.6): The Winnipeg Jets left wing came into the season as a proven fantasy commodity with consecutive seasons of at least 31 goals but was underestimated in drafts before setting NHL career highs in goals (38; T-6th in NHL), points (73; T-15th) and shots on goal (239; 10th) in 71 games. Playing on the top line with elite center Mark Scheifele and usually a valuable wing in either Blake Wheeler or Patrik Laine, Connor far surpassed his surprisingly low ADP, ranking among the top 30 overall players in standard leagues and finishing as one of the top five scoring left wings in the NHL. Widely considered the fourth best forward on the Jets, Connor deserves way more fantasy respect in the scope of the League for this performance. -- Pete Jensen, senior fantasy editor

 

J.T. Miller, LW/RW, VAN (ADP: 166.2): The Vancouver Canucks forward gained fantasy intrigue when he was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2019 NHL Draft but was still nothing more than a late-round flier in most leagues. Miller captured a top-six and power-play role to begin the season and shattered previous NHL career highs with 72 points (27 goals, 45 assists) in 69 games. He's had his best totals in almost every fantasy-relevant category including goals (27), assists (45), power-play goals (nine), power-play points (25) and SOG (165). Miller also provides plenty of hits (123), making him arguably the biggest fantasy steal of the season and one of the best category coverage assets moving forward. -- Rob Reese, fantasy editor

 

David Perron, LW/RW, STL (ADP: 156.4): Selected on average in the late 13th round and drafted in only 16 percent of leagues, the St. Louis Blues forward has been a pleasant surprise. He is tied for the Blues lead in goals (25, with Brayden Schenn) and ranks second in points with 60 (Ryan O'Reilly, 61). Before the season was paused, he was on pace to better his NHL career highs in goals (28) and points (66), and already set bests in PPG (nine) and PPP (27), while adding nine-game winning goals (helping in leagues which count that stat). Perron thrived in an expanded role after elite right wing Vladimir Tarasenko sustained a long-term shoulder injury and has arguably been St. Louis' fantasy MVP ever since. -- David Satriano, staff writer

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