NHL Draft 2012: 8 Players That Could Be Sleeper Picks

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NHL Draft 2012: 8 Players That Could Be Sleeper Picks
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The sleepers. They're the players in the draft that aren't necessarily the best, but they have the potential to be great players in the NHL. They're the players that make their general managers look like a genius.

Brandon Saad was one of those players last year. He wasn't taken until the second round, yet he almost made the NHL full time this past season. Ryan O'Reilly actually completed the feat in 2009.

The 2012 draft has a number of players that could be sleeper picks. That usually happens when there is a small group of players that are sure to be stars and then a steep drop in skill level occurs for the rest of the first round.

Here are eight players who I think will be the biggest sleepers at this Friday and Saturday's draft.

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