2013 Fantasy Hockey Sleeper: LW Ville Leino

By Adam McGill
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Most fantasy hockey sleeper lists nowadays never have quality options to look for at the end of the draft. People like to list early and/or mid-level sleepers, but there are never enough guys to look for in the later rounds.

One of the best late-round sleepers to target this season is LW Ville Leino of the Buffalo Sabres.

Leino missed almost all of the shortened 2012 season with a nagging hip injury and it has caused him to be somewhat forgotten in fantasy circles. In eight games last season, though, Leino put up a respectable six points. He scored two goals and four assists in his brief stint with the team, and he truly showcased his amazing fantasy potential.

Leino only amassed 25 points (eight goals and 17 assists) through 71 games with Buffalo in 2012, so his uptick last season was a pleasant surprise. The journeyman hasn’t received a good amount of ice time since his tenure with the Philadelphia Flyers, and it is fair to say we haven’t seen his best fantasy production in Buffalo yet.

Leino may not be an everyday starter, but the veteran can be an amazing bench option. If you are having a difficult time deciding what winger to grab towards the end of the draft, look no further than Leino.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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