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NHL Article: Cubeta lists David Booth as his #1 Sleeper Pick


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Booth is a good sleeper pick.

His production hasn't been as bad as suggested - his first season here, 16 goals in 56 games (and yes, coming off an injury) - which translates to his career average 24 goal pace. He's also an under-rated two way player.

Last year - small sample size and playing with a shutdown center - not very representative, but nevertheless had outstanding underlying numbers (with only 45.9% offensive zone starts)

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and the year before...

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and his entire career for that matter...

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I've always believed in Booth. I truly think he's going to surprise and anyone to draft him late in their fantasy pool would have a very good pick. If the guy gets to play a full season, I can see him being the truly dominant power forward the Canucks have wanted for so long... Imagine if Kassian starts to come together too.... Having Booth and Kassian on your team playing at their best makes the Canucks a much tougher team to play against.

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1. David Booth, LW, Vancouver Canucks

The key with Booth is health -- both his and that of his potential linemate, Ryan Kesler. He's currently recovering from an ankle injury and hopes to be ready for the start of the season -- but in two seasons with the Canucks, he's missed 62 games. When he is on the ice, Booth hasn't been productive (17 goals, 32 points and a minus-2 rating). However, Booth has a bunch of good things going for him: his age, his history and his potential second-line role under new coach John Tortorella. Because he's entering his eighth NHL season, people tend to think he's already on the decline, but fortunately, Booth came into the NHL as a 20-year-old and is still in the middle of his prime. While his stats with the Canucks haven't been what many were hoping for, Booth did score more than 22 goals in three seasons with the Panthers and isn't shy about putting the puck on net -- in those same three seasons in Florida, he registered at least 228 shots on goal in each of them. Lastly, Booth is expected to line up on the Canucks' second line with Kesler, and if they can find some American magic, they could form a lethal unit -- with Kesler's ability to bang in the corners and go to the net, and Booth's ability to get shots to the net, good things could be in store for the duo. Many fantasy drafters will ignore Booth, but you shouldn't be one of them -- look to select him with one of your final picks.

Projection: 24 G, 25 A, plus-2, 34 PIMs, 9 PPP, 221 SOG

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