Fantasy Hockey: Top 5 NHL Prospects

Mark HillierContributor IIAugust 31, 2012

Fantasy Hockey: Top 5 NHL Prospects

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    Who will be this year's Calder Trophy winner?

    The same player you should be targeting in the later rounds of your fantasy hockey draft (or much earlier, if you are in a keeper league).

    Most fantasy hockey GM's are still enjoying summer and are predicting a long NHL work stoppage. However, those of us who are serious about winning our leagues are busy doing our homework for the upcoming drafts.

    Here are the top five NHL prospects.

5. Dougie Hamilton

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    There’s a spot open on the Boston Bruins blue line for Dougie Hamilton. At 6' 5", he should have no problem filling it.

    If you are in need of a future all-star D-man on your fantasy roster, grab Zdeno Chara's eventual replacement while you can.

4. Nail Yakupov

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    As the most recent first overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL draft, Yakupov will have plenty of help playing on the same team as the previous two first overall picks.

    Yakupov will be an integral part of a future power house in Oil town, and he can help you win your league as well.

3. Sven Baertschi

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    Baertschi scored three goals in his first five NHL games last year for the Calgary Flames. Chances are he will play and score a lot more than that in his first full NHL season.

    Don't let Sven Baertschi slip by you in your keeper league draft this year because next year he won't be available.

2. Jonathan Huberdeau

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    It is very likely that Huberdeau will line up as the Florida Panthers No. 2 center in his rookie campaign this year.

    The question will be how long until he’s No. 1?

1. Vladimir Tarasenko

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    Blues fans have been waiting a long time for their No. 1 prospect to make his way across the pond; despite a looming lockout, they might finally get their wish.

    "The Tank" is reportedly arriving in St. Louis later today, and will compete for a top six role on the Blues this season.