Fantasy Six Pack: The Trade Deadline Part 1
Welcome to this week’s edition of Fantasy Six Pack. In Week 19 and 20 we’ll take a look at likely trade candidates that could benefit from a change of scenery therefore benefiting your fantasy team down the stretch. We hope you find these articles useful and gain a competitive advantage over your opponents. Feel free to discuss omissions and critique our selections in the comments section. We love discussion here at PuckPuckGoose.com.
Antoine Vermette, Center/Left Wing, Columbus Blue Jackets
Rumoured Destination: Chicago Blackhawks
If Vermette is traded to Chicago, he’ll start as the second line center flanked by a combination of Viktor Stalberg, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp and should see plenty of time on the second power play unit. Vermette is very capable of production 50-plus points with the right line mates and the right system.
Andrei Kostitsyn, Left/Right Wing, Montreal Canadiens
Rumoured Destination: No rumoured destinations at this time
A proven 20 goal scorer who’s been stuck on the third line for most of this season. He brings a lot of skill but the compete level he brings in every night is questionable. Maybe he just need a change of scenery and a coach who he can trust and who trust in him. Obviously he’ll be moved to a playoff team if he’s moved at the deadline but who would want him? Will teams like the Pens and Kings need some scoring wingers and the Red Wings are always more about skill then grit. His value post-trade deadline will depend on where he lands and on what line.
Ales Hemsky, Right Wing, Edmonton Oilers
Rumoured Destination: Detroit Red Wings
Arguably the most skilled player available at the trade deadline. It’s been mentioned that Detroit and Pittsburgh are interested in acquiring Hemsky but the Oilers are asking for a lot and hoping for a similar return that they got for Penner last year (Colten Teubert, a first round pick and a conditional pick), which may be too rich for the Pens blood as Shero has already said he’s not willing to move any of his top prospects. If Hemsky does move to either Detroit or Pittsburgh, poolies better watch out because his value will likely explode. In Detroit, he could end up playing with either Datsyuk or Zetterberg, huge upgrades over playing with Horcoff and Paajarvi. In Pittsburgh, he could end up with Malkin and Neal or on a line with Staal and potential Crosby if he returns this year. Either outcome would be great for Hemsky’s fantasy value.
Marek Zidlicky, Defense, Minnesota Wild
Rumoured Destination: New Jersey Devils
Apparently, Zidlicky is not a team player. At the age of 35, the perennial 40 point rearguard has been asked to change his creative offensive game into a boring defensive game. I just have one thing to say about that, HE’S 35 WHY SHOULD HE CHANGE THE WAY HE PLAYS. If he get’s moved to Jersey, he’s going to be a beast down the stretch. Brodeur has started to find his game again and the Devils, especially Kovalchuk are scoring. Make sure to keep your eye on Zidlicky in the coming days, if he gets traded to Jersey, he should be grabbed immediately.
Evgeni Nabokov, Goaltender, New York Islanders
Rumoured Destination: Chicago Blackhawks
Nabokov has played really well this season, often keeping the Islanders in on every game they play. The Islanders are only 6 points out of the playoff picture and may not be willing to move Nabokov, although I think they should move him because even if they make the playoffs they won’t make it very deep and end up losing Nabokov for nothing at the end of the season. Nabokov’s season as pretty much dispelled any thoughts that he was only a good goaltender because of the defense in front of him in San Jose. Yeah, I definitely don’t think anyone thinks that anymore. Back to the point, Chicago’s goaltending as been very suspect as of late, though I think Crawford will pull it together in time for the playoffs, the Blackhawks could look for an upgrade in net. If Nabokov moves, he’ll end up playing behind a defense that boast Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. Not bad.
Dustin Penner, Left Wing, Los Angeles Kings
Rumoured Destination: No rumoured destination at this time
Okay, who wants Dustin Penner and his huge contract? For what it’s worth, it is the last year of his contract.
Penner will be an interesting player to watch coming into the trade deadline. He’s already in Sutter’s doghouse and isn’t play much. He also hasn’t produced much of that last two season in LA but he’s shown that he can be a productive player and better yet, he’s shown that he can produce in the playoffs with 19 points in 40 games. Much like Kostitsyn, Penner will need to play under a coach that he can trust and that trust him. Penner will be a HUGE dark horse acquistion for any team that does grab him. A move may be unlikely though as the Kings were asking for a similar package to the one they gave up last year (Colten Teubert, a first round pick and a conditional pick). If he isn’t traded expect him to see a lot of ice from the press box.