Take some advice from the top-ranked fantasy player himself: Connor McDavid said Ryan Strome is a sleeper for the Edmonton Oilers. McDavid identified Strome, a forward who was acquired in a trade from the New York Islanders for right wing Jordan Eberle on June 22, as the Oilers teammate he believes can emerge and exceed fantasy expectations. Strome was already on NHL.com's preseason sleeper list, but McDavid's vote makes him an even more appealing candidate. "I think it could be [Strome], honestly," McDavid said in New York on Wednesday during the NHL Player Media Tour. "He's a guy that is going to come in and I think he's going to get a pretty good opportunity to play with some good players and maybe take a little bit of power-play time and help. I think he's going to do well with it." McDavid, 20, tops NHL.com's fantasy rankings after leading the League in scoring with 100 points (30 goals, 70 assists). He played mostly between left wing Patrick Maroon and right wing Leon Draisaitl, but the trade for Strome could give the Oilers enough flexibility to move Draisaitl back to center, his natural position. If that ends up being Edmonton's course of action, Strome (C/RW in Yahoo; average draft position: 167.7) could compete for top-six minutes alongside either McDavid or Draisaitl. Other sleeper candidates who could earn trials alongside McDavid this season include forwards Jesse Puljujarvi (RW) and Drake Caggiula (C/LW).
McDavid says Strome can be fantasy sleeper with Oilers
NHL.com | Sep 9