Frozen Pool Forensics: Draft Day Steals

Chris Liggio

2018-06-01

Everyone has their own favorite I’m sure with 2017-18 seeing some great production from several players at bargain prices on draft day. All of us have one or two of those players where we pat ourselves on the shoulder for that selection at the start. Below, you’ll find some names that should be highlighted for what they provided off later-round grabs. Keep in mind these players do not represent leagues with more than 12 teams as a steal per say. Perhaps next week sees a dive into 14-plus team steals.

 

Anders Lee/Josh Bailey

 

I honestly would have loved to own two thirds of the Islanders top line with John Tavares this year. Lee being goal-heavy and Bailey assist-laden would have made them a well-balanced duo to possess. A combined 133 points between the two, with 53 coming on the power play, made for a great investment for the owner of either. Tied for seventh overall in goals scored with 40, Lee has turned into a prominent goal scorer in the NHL over the past two seasons alongside becoming a top multi-category option in fantasy. Like Lee, Bailey hinted as his progress as a player in 2016-17 with 56 points but 2017-18 was otherworldly for the complementary player of past. With 71 points and an elite level 3.2 pts/60, he produced like a star forward and made all of us take notice. Yes, the presence of Tavares certainly plays a large role in both of them being what they are but there’s no denying they can play. Though the Islanders goaltending is a dumpster fire, should Tavares remain in Brooklyn these two need to be on your radar in 2018-19. Should he leave, suppressing expectations is advised yet Lee and Bailey will still be relied on heavily to fill his potential void and could find themselves with Mathew Barzal.

 

Alexander Edler

 

Edler did his best Rasmus Ristolainen-lite impersonation in 2017-18. Providing 34 points, 68 PIM, over 24 minutes per night, 172 SOG, 152 hits and 203 blocks, the fact he was a waiver wire add for many is absurd. It’s been a long time since his 49-point campaign back at the peak of the Vancouver Canucks title window in 2011-12 but Edler showed us he’s still got something in the tank at 32 years old. Leaned on heavily on a rebuilding squad, Edler made for a quality depth option on your blue line that stuffed the stat sheet. Any player in multi-cat settings who provides 150-plus hits, shots and blocks must move up higher on your draft ranks. Many may dwell on his minus-18 but this is negligent in comparison to all the positives he provided owners. Though his 40-point days are most likely over, there’s real solid value in a 30-point defender with elite peripherals such as his.

 

Brock Boeser

 

Barely drafted if at all in 12-team or lesser circles, Boeser provided an injection of offense into any fantasy roster thirsting for goals. Seemingly possessing one of t