2011 Fantasy Hockey Projections: 7 Mid-Rounders That Can Win You a Championship

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2011 Fantasy Hockey Projections: 7 Mid-Rounders That Can Win You a Championship
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I'm a firm believer that fantasy hockey seasons are won or lost in the mid-to-late rounds.

The first two or three selections each team makes seem to be no brainers.  Patrick Kane is still available?  Snatch him up.  Dan Boyle is still on the board?  I'll take two.  There isn't a whole lot of shaking and baking done in those first 45 picks or so.

Sure, someone may take a flier here and there, but mostly the same batch of players will go in those early stages.  The goaltenders always tend to be a game within a game, but once the dominoes start, mostly everyone will pick up their first masked man.

But then, the fifth and sixth rounds roll around.  This is really when the personality and research starts to come to the forefront.  A lot of managers win and lose their seasons right here, within these 10 or 15 minutes.  Scouring the waiver wire helps, obviously.

But what if you already have the players that others are scrambling for in November and December?

You win.  That's what.

Here are seven players that can probably be had after the first two or three rounds that could very well be very effective. This article will deal only with skaters.  Keep an eye out over the next few days for sleeper goaltenders.

I also have every intention of publishing even more slideshows about sleeper forwards, drafting strategies, which players to avoid and so on as the time to do homework and draft draws closer, so check back for that soon. 

So no.  This isn't it as far as my mid-rounders go.  But I've been in the mood for some fantasy hockey talk lately.  Please indulge me!

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