The season has already begun for NHL.com Fantasy Hockey news and notes for the upcoming 2014-15 NHL season and Marek Zidlicky was featured as a top sleeper pick. Zidlicky has seemed to fix any offensive troubles that he was having recently as well as working to fine tune his defensive play. He defense is far from perfect, but offensive output is the easiest way to “forget” about defensive struggles.
Marek posted a very productive season with 12 goals and 30 assists in 81 games with New Jersey while also posting 2 goals and 2 assists in 5 games with the Czech Republic in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Zidlicky started the season on a blitzkrieg of point production and managed to maintain a pretty steady output of points throughout the season.
Here is what NHL.com had to say about Marek Zidlicky:
The 37-year-old is back with New Jersey on a one-year contract after leading the team’s defense corps in goals (12), assists (30), penalty minutes (60), power-play points (18) and power-play ice time (232:05). His point total (42) was the highest by a Devils defenseman since Brian Rafalski (55) in 2006-07, and he has a chance to post similar totals again this season. Fantasy owners can anticipate the rise of sleeper candidate Eric Gelinas to potentially affect Zidlicky’s power-play outlook, but the Devils lost Anton Volchenkov and Mark Fayne this summer, leaving Zidlicky and Andy Greene as the only defensemen the Devils can rely on for two-way reassurance. This fringe top-200 asset is a short-term power-play producer who warrants serious consideration late in fantasy drafts.
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