Geek of the Week: Late-Round Sleeper Picks

Scott Royce

2022-10-02

Happy Sunday everyone! We are right in the thick of draft season and it has been an exhilarating, but exhausting week for yours truly. After multiple drafts this week, I thought it would be a fun idea to go over some of the names I was personally targeting in the late rounds of my drafts. Keep in mind, when you are getting to the late rounds, you really ought to be drafting for specific needs at that point. Or in other cases you have to account for guys that dropped way below their average ADP. Drafting those types of players could make a big difference for your team. With all that in mind, let's go over a few players I found myself taking in late rounds. 

Yegor Sharangovich

Sharangovich and Ondrej Palat are two names I've seen going in the last couple of rounds in my drafts. Both of these Devils wingers are projected to start the season on a line with Jack Hughes, one of the budding superstars of the league. The difference between Sharangovich and Palat is that currently, Sharangovich is slated to start on the top power-play unit, while Palat will be on the second unit. 

It pretty much boils down to need though. If you are looking for a forward who can provide some supplemental hits and blocks, Palat may be the better choice. But I found myself looking for late-round power-play points and Sharangovich was the player I targeted. If he can stick to that top power-play unit, he could see a steady increase in offense once again this season. Sharangovich is also a bit younger and less injury-prone than Palat. He also shoots at a higher rate which is another added bonus. 

Seth Jarvis

It's crazy to think in his rookie season at the young age of 20, Jarvis made such an immediate impact with the Hurricanes. He potted 17 goals and 23 assists for a 40-point campaign in which he only saw an average TOI of 13:52. In all of my drafts, I've seen Jarvis being snatched up in the late rounds, and I have yet to actually draft him myself unfortunately. If the Canes stick to their current lineups, Jarvis should be on track for a huge season. He currently slotted in on the top line as well as the top power-play unit and his linemates are Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen

He will have all the opportunities in the world to build upon his excellent rookie campaign. He will need to be an offensive force though, a