NHL Fantasy Fare: Breakthroughs for Bouwmeester, Hedman

More than a dozen years after being drafted third overall, defenceman Jay Bouwmeester is producing...

More than a dozen years after being drafted third overall, defenceman Jay Bouwmeester is producing what many fantasy owners figured he was capable of. (Getty Images)

Joel Colomby, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:30 AM ET

Jay Bouwmeester is a shining example right now of why it’s never a bad idea on draft day to take a late-round chance on an under-achieving defenceman with a high first-round pedigree.

Drafted third overall by Florida in 2002, J-Bo has, for the most part, been a fantasy disappointment, but is enjoying a career year in his first full season with the powerful Blues and making his owners look either shrewd or lucky.

Bouwmeester did have some solid seasons with the Panthers -- though never quite reaching that elite level most expected of him -- before sliding off the fantasy radar screen entirely with the Flames. But this season, the 30-year-old has finally climbed up to that top-drawer level with 2-19-21 totals in 27 games and should easily be looking at career bests in assists, points and PIMs. All that is missing is the goals, netting just his second of the year on Thursday. Take heart, though.


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