2013 Fantasy Hockey Sleeper: C Mikko Koivu
In 48 games last year, Koivu racked up a very respectable 37 points. He scored 11 goals and added 26 helpers in Minnesota. He just turned 30 years old and the veteran is hitting his fantasy prime. However, he continues to fall in drafts.
In drafts as recently as this week, Koivu was falling outside of the top-160 overall fantasy players. It was shockingly considering that he was being drafted inside the top-120 as early as a week ago.This is an incredible slide considering that the center played in all 48 of Minnesota’s games last season and put up over 35 points in the shortened season.
Koivu is also featured on the team’s top line between LW Zach Parise and RW Jason Pominville. The line is just getting comfortable with each other, as Pominville only played 10 games with the team after a mid-season trade, so the sky is the limit for their fantasy potential. Koivu has never played with a line of this caliber and a career season is completely possible for the Finnish star in 2013.
Koivu can be a great second or third center to grab this fantasy season and the middle man can be found well after the first six rounds.