Wild West: Western Conference Sleepers Re-visited

Grant Campbell

2022-12-05

I'm always looking to improve and one of the ways I feel I can do that is look back periodically at some of the statements I've written and in this case a list of sleepers. There are always reasons for a player not quite getting to where we would like them to get. Was it an incorrect assumption? Or was it something I convinced myself of that wasn't really there? Other times, it just comes down to back luck with injuries or opportunities wasted. The purpose of this article for me, is to learn from those mistakes and not make them again.

In this year's guide I listed the following players as sleeper picks, so we will look at each and see how they are doing and whether they are on the right path or not.

in Alphabetical order:

Noel Acciari – St. Louis

I included Acciari, mostly for his multi-category potential, but he does come with medium risk having not played more than 66 games in a season since 2018-19. The good news is that he has played all 24 games this season and has six goals and four assists with an impressive 75 hits, 24 blocked shots and 105 faceoff wins. He's on pace for (72 GP) 18 goals and 12 assists, 225 hits, 72 blocked shots and 315 faceoff wins, which are pretty good numbers for a waiver add in a multi-category pool.

Andreas Athanasiou – Chicago

The risk with Athanasiou is two-fold, with injury and playing on a potentially awful team in Chicago this season. It is easy to look back at his 2018-19 season with Detroit where he had 30 goals and 24 assists in 76 games and think he might get 20 goals every year. Unfortunately, he hasn't played more than 55 games since then in a season. This year he has six goals, three assists and 43 SOG in 24 games played. Conservatively at a 72-game pace he might see 18 goals and nine assists. Even healthy, he hasn't lived up to my expectations and has only three points in his past 13 games.

Blake Coleman – Calgary

I was hoping for an increase in ice time for Coleman who is in his second season with Calgary, but that hasn't come to be as he is just below last year's 14:49 per game. Last year he had 16 goals and 17 assists in 81 games, while this year he has four goals and six assists in 24 games, which is almost identical production. His shots on goal are down from 2.6/g to 1.9 and his hits are slightly down as well. Being a sleeper is unlikely at this point.

J. T. Compher – Colorado

I thought that Compher might benefit the most