While everyone would love to be able to draft players like Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby or John Tavares, many fantasy players will not be in prime position to draft these top players. Even among the lucky few who do have the opportunity to draft these fantasy studs, winning a fantasy hockey league requires much more than nailing the first pick.
Instead, the key to winning a fantasy league is finding sleepers in the draft. For example, Claude Giroux was rated the 37th overall player before the 2011-12 season by NHL.com, and he ended up third in the NHL in points with 93 points.
P.K. Subban was rated the 97th overall player by NHL.com for the 2012-13 season, and he made many fantasy owners happy as he cruised to 38 points and the Norris Trophy. Both of these players provided first-round value to owners and made many people very happy.
Based off ESPN's early rankings for the 2013-14 season, this slideshow will reveal 10 players who look to outperform their predicted draft position. These are players to target on draft night, as they will likely elevate their games to higher levels this upcoming season.
*Contract/salary information is courtesy of capgeek.com.