The Journey: Mid and Late Round Options

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                                                                      Aidan Dudas of the Owen Sound Attack


While all the focus in fantasy hockey is usually squarely on first round picks, that doesn’t mean value can’t be found in the later rounds, often for very little cost. Here are a few such names that could pay dividends down the line.


Aidan Dudas

For all of the progress that has been made when it comes to overlooking size among defensemen, there still seems to be a bit of a bias towards forwards of the same stature.  Take Aiden Dudas for example. Projected to be gone in the second round, Dudas slid to the fourth where he was snatched up by the L.A. Kings and it’s not difficult to understand why. He stands at just 5-07, 165 pounds so while there may be perceived issues about his size, one thing that is undeniable is his ability to put the biscuit in the basket. Playing on the Owen Sound Attack, Dudas was stuck behind Nick Suzuki on the depth chart, but that didn’t appear to have a huge effect on his ability to produce as he feels just shy of the point-per-game mark. In 68 contests for the second year OHLer, Dudas tied for second on the Attack with 31 goals and finished third in scoring by amassing 65 points. He would go on to add another seven points in 11 playoff games before bowing out in the second round. Where Dudas really shone was at the CHL Top Prospects Game. Originally not selected to participate, he was added as a late replacement and proceeded to shine. He was one of the best players for Team Cherry, scoring twice and adding an assist en route to a 7-4 victory, solidifying his draft status along the way.


Despite his stature, he’s not afraid to challenge bigger defenders and get to the dirty areas of the ice. And while not the fastest skater in the world, his top gear is fine and won’t be what holds him back. This kid loves the toe drag, coupling it with a quick release to beat goalies. It’ll be really interesting to see what Dudas can do with veteran Kevin Hancock departing and, potentially, Nick Suzuki. With his skillset, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Dudas hover around the upper echelon in OHL scoring this season.


Mathias Emilio Pettersen

If the name sounds even tangentially familiar to you, there’s a good chance you’ve made a visit to the HFboards over the past decade as Pettersen’s exploits have been well documented ever since video emerged of him carving up his eight-year-old competition with his puck wizardry. Everyone expected him to become the Norwegian Gretzky is probably more than a little surprised to not see him selected until the sixth round by the Calgary Flames, but such are the perils of getting hyped up about someone at such an earl