Let's start with none other than Valeri Nichushkin in Dallas. If you want a full breakdown on this guy I highly suggest you contact a certain fantasy hockey guru on Twitter - @FantasyHockeyDK - this guy loves Nichushkin and it's been enough to make me snag him in the last round of my first draft recently. Consider that word had it he packed on about 15 pounds of muscle in the off-season and the fact he'll likely be seeing significant powerplay time with the likes of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin and he's worth the late round grab. Nichushkin is owned in 50% of leagues.
A few other forwards who are available in a large amount of leagues are Nikita Kucherov (owned in just 8%), Nick Bonino (18%), Tyler Ennis (9%), Cody Hodgson (18%), Alex Chiasson (5%), Johnny Gaudreau (11%), Sean Monahan (15%), Cam Atkinson (9%), Tyler Toffoli(14%), Ryan Strome (6%) and Reilly Smith (32%). Some of these guys have more of a track record than others, but any of them could chip in 40-60 points.
If you're looking for help on the blueline, keep an eye on Hampus Lindholm (48%), Aaron Ekblad (37%) and Seth Jones (31%). Of the three I'd have to rank them as Lindholm, Jones then Ekblad. Lindholm will see significant powerplay time, contributes offensively and provides a nice +/-, +29 last year. I believe Jones will take a step this season as he gets comfortable in the Preds system and spends more time with Team USA Coach Peter Laviolette. Ekblad has a ton of skill, but are the Panthers built up enough around him to make him a significant fantasy contributor. It may be a little early.
A couple other defensemen who are around in a lot of leagues are Pittsburgh's Olli Maatta and Detroit's Danny DeKeyser. Owned in just 24% of leagues, Maatta is still recovering from shoulder surgery, but may provide a boost and sneaky good numbers when he finds his way back into the lineup. DeKeyser is still settling in, but may get his chance to jump in and make a big impact. Keep an eye on him.
Some even later sleepers consist of Morgan Rielly (14%), Cody Franson (17%) and Ryan Murray (12%). Any of these guys could be preparing for a big year.
Now, the last few guys here are really, really deep sleepers for this season...call it hibernating if you want. Sam Reinhart (8%), Sam Bennett (3%), Teuvo Teravainen (5%) and Max Domi (not even registered!!), could all make a splash this year. Reinhart will have to earn the trust of tough Head Coach Ted Nolan. Nolan will not let the youngster sneak by on skill. He will make Reinhart earn his spot. Bennett is supremely talented, but some wonder if he's ready for the top level. He's a waiting game. Teravainen came with rave reviews last year but will need to surpass a lot of big names in Chicago to be of fantasy relevance. Domi, I believe, is highly underrated coming into this year. All I know is this, if he comes free in my league, I'm grabbing him.