No we're not talking about the undrafted gems of the NHL such as Marty St. Louis or Adam Oates, we're talking about the guys that saved your fantasy season when you picked them up as free agents following your fantasy draft. These players might have been on some of your radars to start the season, and depending on the depth of your league you might have even drafted them late, but the majority of people caught their hot starts and snatched them up early. Regardless, these players have made fellow GMs weep at their success and feel like idiots for not picking them up first.
Take a look at our top Top 10 Undrafted Fantasy Gems in 2013:
The once proclaimed bust would have only been drafted in deeper leagues, but he was definitely on the free agent list in our pools. The lucky GM who snatched him up has been rewarded with 30 points in 30 games and a +16 on the year despite Kadri seeing less than 16 minutes/game. Any time you can pick up a Top 20 scorer in the NHL as a free agent is a good time.
Maple Leafs fans will remember Tlusty more for his dick pic than his play on the ice, but the 2006 13th overall pick has found new life in Carolina playing alongside Eric Staal and Alexander Semin on the Hurricanes top line. So far in 29 games this season Tlusty has 13 goals and 22 points; not bad for a guy ranked 400th in Yahoo! at the beginning of the season.
The little Cory Conacher wasn't ever drafted in the NHL, and there is a good chance he wasn't drafted in your fantasy pool this year either initally ranked 470th in Yahoo! pools. Conacher was a free agent signing out of college by the Lightning and he has proven to be a steal so far putting up 22 points in 30 games playing with Steven Stamkos and Marty St. Louis.
Brouwer put up just 33 points last year in 82 games so I am pretty sure he wasn't on your draft list. So far this season Brouwer has 10 goals and 20 points in 30 games. What's made Brouwer so valuable in fantasy hockey this year are his 12 powerplay points on the season. A 15 goal, 30ish point season from this guy in a shortened season would be a nice boost from the waiver wire for any team.
It's not shocking that the 20-year-old Gallagher is playing in the NHL, but nobody expected him to already be putting up solid fantasy stats. In 25 games Gallagher has 8 goals, 17 points and is a +8 on the year. The scrappy little forward can also put up some penalty minutes with 21 PIMs on the season. His highest total in junior was 111 one season, so Gallagher is a complete fantasy stud.
Who the hell is Jake Muzzin? A 5th round pick from the 2007 Draft, the 24-year-old defenceman has really popped out of nowhere thanks to some earlier injuries to the Kings blueline. He's taken advantage of his opportunity and has been putting up some points from the backend with 6 goals and 13 points in 26 games. Oh yeah, his +14 helps your team too.
The 22-year-old Wiercioch wasn't on anyone's radar to even make the Senators this year, but he has been a great pick up for anyone who needed some points from the backend. In 26 games, Wiercioch has 14 points, 29 penalty minutes and is a +5 and is a solid pick up if you can search his name without fucking it up.
Most people didn't draft Viktor Fasth this year because they had never even heard of the 30-year-old netminder and that he was slated to be a backup behind Jonas Hiller. Well if you were lucky enough to pick up early you were treated to an 11-1-1 record with a 2.00 goals against average and .927% save percentage. He doesn't lose often and is a must start any time he's scheduled between the pipes.
Emery has been a great pick up as a 3rd goalie/spot start if you have the room in your pool. He has started 12 games for the Blackhawks and has 11 wins with a 2.26 goals against average and a very respectable .916% save percentage. The Hawks are dominant this year and a big part of it has been their solid goaltending tandem of Emery and Corey Crawford. The Hawks rarely lose so if you have Emery you're probably hoping for Crawford to catch the injury bug again.
If you noticed your team was slipping in the goalie stats you might have reached out to Jake Allen this year. The 22-year-old has for now taken the #1 spot from Jaroslav Halak and has shined with 8 wins in 10 games started. He has solid stats as well with a 2.26 GAA and a .915 SV% and is great to have on your team while the Blues struggle with Halak in net.