Top 10 Sleeper Picks for 2022 NHL Playoff Pools

Tom Collins

2022-05-02

The NHL playoffs start tonight, but there are still some last-minute playoff drafts that need to be wrapped up.

Of course, selecting players is straightforward at the beginning of the draft. You take top players on teams expected to go far. However, those players are spread across everyone’s playoff teams. It’s drafting the sleeper picks later in a draft that can make the difference between a victory or a defeat.

Just look at last season. William Karlsson has almost twice as many points as Mark Stone, Jean-Gabriel Pageau‘s 13 points were higher than teammate Jordan Eberle‘s 11, and Cole Caufield finished with 12 points, third-highest with the Habs. Heck, Nicolas Roy had more points than anyone on the Leafs or Oilers.

Below are 10 sleeper picks for this year’s postseason, with the caveat that there can only be a maximum of one per team. Everyone’s idea of a sleeper pick varies, but I read one article on the weekend that listed Bryan Rust, Tony DeAngelo, Matt Duchene, Evander Kane and Robert Thomas as sleeper picks for their teams. Since most of those players are more than likely selected with high compared to their teammates, that doesn’t seem to match the idea of a sleeper pick.

For my definition, I’ll be looking at players who probably won’t be taken with the top five picks from that team, and will probably be much lower than that.

10. Ryan Suter

The Dallas defense is led by John Klingberg and Miro Heiskanen, so you can be forgiven for overlooking Suter. However, Suter quietly put up a half-decent season, finishing with seven goals, 32 points and 13 power-play points. His ice time was 23:39 per game, reversing a downward trend that had been happening for several years. He saw 2:06 minutes of power-play time per night, which was