NHL: 15 Breakout Fantasy Hockey Draft Picks for the 2012-13 Season

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NHL: 15 Breakout Fantasy Hockey Draft Picks for the 2012-13 Season
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Once all of the Crosbys, Ovechkins, Malkins, Stamkoses, Sedins, Staals, Girouxs, Kessels, Kovalchuks and Spezzas are claimed, fantasy hockey owners are advised to seek supplementary scoring through the NHL’s still-blossoming stars.

Depending on what counts in a given league, the ideal team assembles forwards and blueliners who will swell up their scoring line and plus/minus, centers who will win faceoffs and goaltenders who will pile up assertive victories. Those are best achieved by way of established, proven players in their respective positions.

Any remaining slots after that ought to be filled with budding producers, those whose output is relatively easy to project even while they have yet to set a precedent in other stat columns.

The slight discrepancy in experience from the aforementioned makes the top first-, second- and third-year NHLers a little less of a sure thing to saturate one’s fantasy scorecard. With that said, their promising prospects and, in some cases, their undeniable upward trend put them somewhere between the most worthwhile risk and hardly a risk of any sort.

In alphabetical order, the top 15 fantasy prospects with no more than two full years of NHL action on their transcript are as follows.

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