NHL Fantasty Draft: Arizona Coyotes Edition

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Apr 13, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes left wing Mikkel Boedker (89) does a somersault over Dallas Stars goalie Tim Thomas (30) during the second period at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

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First Grabs: Mikkel Boedker

Avoid: Sam Gagner

Sleeper Pick: Antoine Vermette

I wouldn’t recommend picking anyone from Arizona’s offense for QUITE a few rounds. The most consistency you’ll see is from Mikkel Boedker, who racked up a sneaky 51 points last season. No one really saw him do it, but he did. Don’t be hasty when you draft him, but if you want Arizona represented in your fantasy team’s offense, make sure to snatch him up in an early-middle round.

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Vermette, who had the highest number of goals last season (with 24, which is upsetting, but that’s neither here nor there), makes for a great sleeper pick. He didn’t walk away from last season with as many points as some of his fellow teammates, but ended the season with a goose egg for his +/- rating, so he’s a safe enough pick. If he’s still around in the middle to later rounds, snag him up. Why not?

Unless you like to gamble, though, don’t bother with Gagner for now. He may make a good trade at some point, but at the moment he’s too inconsistent. Draft him, and you’ll give yourself a complex every week. Should I play him, or no? Will he look amazing, or like utter garbage? The center may bring you three points in one game, but then disappear for the next ten- overall, his play has historically indicated that fantasy teams should take a hard pass here.