March 22, 2013 | 1:50pm ET
By Tab Bamford, TheFourthPeriod.com
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With your brackets in mind, this week's fantasy focus will
keep up with the madness in a unique way. This week's
selections all played college hockey for one of the
universities that qualified for this year's college hoops
Should you align your roster with one university? Or perhaps
align your team with how the players' colleges ranked? Here
are a few suggestions of guys that might be sporting a
university hat or hoodie before practice this week. Each
player's name is followed by the school he attended.
The Superstar: Phil Kessel, Toronto (U. of Minnesota)
The Leafs need to get some consistency working up front, and
Kessel is the guy to pick up the pace.
The Big Score: Max Pacioretty, F, Montreal (U. of
Pacioretty is performing at almost a point-per-game pace this
season and is a major reason the Habs are in the mix for a
division title and, possibly, the top spot in the Eastern
The Sleeper: Andrew Cogliano, Anaheim (U. of Michigan)
Cogliano is have a fantastic season for the streaking Ducks,
benefitting from the great forward depth in Anaheim and a
The Darkhorse: Shawn Horcoff, Edmonton (Michigan State)
The Oilers are fighting for a playoff berth and need their
veteran leadership to step up and lead the kids. Horcoff will
also be a popular name heading to the trade deadline.
Some other options include Kyle Turris, Joe Pavelski, Dany
Heatley and Craig Smith (Wisconsin), Erik Condra (Notre Dame),
David Booth, Justin Abdelkader and Drew Miller (Michigan
State), Kyle Okposo, Thomas Vanek and Blake Wheeler
(Minnesota) and Ryan Kesler and RJ Umberger (Ohio State).
The Superstar: Ryan Suter, Minnesota (U. of Wisconsin)
The Wild have started to take off, and Suter's production has
been a big part of the reason. As long as he's healthy,
Minnesota will ask him to eat a lot of minutes.
The Big Score: Duncan Keith, Chicago (Michigan State)
A couple years ago, the locations of Keith and Suter on this
list would have been swapped. Keith is still the primary
powerplay quarterback in Chicago and continues to put up solid
The Sleeper: Brendan Smith, Detroit (U. of Wisconsin)
Detroit is starting to get -- and stay -- healthy on their
blue line, but they're looking for Smith to emerge as a
top-four defenseman. He'll continue to get every opportunity
to shine in the Motor City.
The Dark Horse: Nick Leddy, Chicago (U. of Minnesota)
If you enjoy effortless speed up and down the ice, watch Leddy
skate with the puck. We've talked him up in this column before
because of his evolving role as a secondary powerplay
quarterback for the Blackhawks.
Also keep an eye on Erik Johnson, Jordan Leopold and Paul
Martin (Minnesota), Ryan McDonagh and (free) Jake Gardiner
(Wisconsin) and Craig Adams (Harvard).
Ryan Miller, Buffalo (Michigan State)
We'll look to East Lansing's favorite son to have a big week while
his Spartans try to make it back to the big dance.
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Bamford is a Columnist for The
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