Read on to find out about two late round gems who could help you win your keeper pool.
A popular team-building philosophy in capped keeper leagues is to combine star players who are usually expensive with cheap effective depth options to help keep the roster under the league's cap ceiling. The stars are easy to identify. We know who they are and most of them have a proven track record of high-level production. It is the cap bargains that are more difficult to find and to make matters worse it is not uncommon for cheap players who are effective in one scoring format to not be worth owning in another league. Some additional research is required to figure out which players will help your team the most in your environment.
Over the next few weeks we will look at a series of players who are good inexpensive investments in keeper leagues in both points-only and multi-category formats. Factors used to select the players include long-term upside and an ability and opportunity to produce immediately along with a multi-year contract with cap hit that is well below the league's average. These players may or may not be easy to acquire in your league but there is tremendous value in owning them.
Note: Since we are profiling players who should be effective immediately, these players also apply as solid options in one-year leagues.
Beau Bennett (PIT)
Beau Bennett played his first season as a pro last year and made an impact immediately. During the lockout he played in the AHL where he had seven goals and 28 points in 39 games. He also saw significant time in Pittsburgh, posting three goals and 14 points in 26 contests which scales up to 44 points over 82 games. It is safe to say that he is ready for a full-time role in the NHL.
The opportunity could not be better for Bennett. His team is a Stanley Cup contender with a number of large contracts. The Penguins need his cap hit of less than $1 million on their roster. And as a former first-round draft choice he could get a longer leash to work through slumps without moving down the depth chart. Prospects who are as safe as him are a rarity.
Expect to see Bennett on the Penguins' second line for the majority of the season with some occasional stints on the third line. He will not get top power-