The NHL Trade Deadline finally came and went this week with a few decently impactful deals and a whole bunch more that have a 99% chance of affecting literally nothing in terms of the outcome of this season. Does it give any hope to fantasy owners gearing up for the playoffs? Let’s do some rankings!
Players that you didn’t care about before that still won’t help you
Curtis Lazar - Maybe he’ll score a goal now. Even if he does, he’s still worthless fantasy wise.
Mark Streit - If this was 2012, you’d have to be all over him moving to a better team, hopefully helping his +/-. Unfortunately, it’s not.
Alex Burrows - See Streit, Mark
Brian Boyle - Unless he’s centering Mitch Marner, he’s still worthless in fantasy
Players having bad seasons who still won’t help
Ben Bishop - Unless Jonathan Quick gets hit by a bus, Bishop isn’t taking his job in LA
David Desharnais - He’s, at best, going to be the third center behind Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Nope.
Jannik Hansen - He’s been bad this year but he's never broken 38 points in a season, anyway.
Johnny Oduya - He might help Chicago on defense, but he hasn’t put up 20 points outside of last season since he was in New Jersey in 2008-09.
Players who might recover and help
Jarome Iginla - He’s moving to a team that plays very slowly and he did score 22 goals last season. He might be worth a shot. Who knows!
P.A. Parenteau - Going from New Jersey to a team with a more talented offense and better goal differential will at least help his +/- presumably.
Guys who could rise up and help
Nikolai Goldobin - He’s nearly been a point per game player in the NHL. He should be able to get some top 6 minutes on a talentless Vancouver team (Bo Horvat aside).
Eric Fehr - Toronto scores a lot and Fehr gets to play with them. Who knows? Probably not me since I just recommended a flier on Eric Fehr in 2017.
Guys who could fall off after the deadline
Monitor Washington’s defensive situation - The Capitals now have three of their top four defensemen being right handed with the addition of future Ranger Kevin Shattenkirk. Whether they consistently play all three of them in the top four remains to be seen. The powerplay time allotment is something else to look at.
It might be time to finally give up any fantasy hope on Sean Couturier. He already pretty much can’t score and now has Valterri Filppula in front of him as the second center.
RIP Peter Budaj’s fantasy relevance. October 2016-March 2017.
Players who could gain from the trades
Andrei Vasilevskiy immediately becomes one of the top fantasy goalies. He’s going to get plenty of time in net with Bishop gone and the Lightning still not technically being out of it.
Shayne Gostisbehere - This is solely based on the Flyers having one fewer NHL defenseman and them not stupidly healthy scratching the Ghost anymore. I’ll probably be wrong here.
One of Detroit's young forwards. With Thomas Vanek gone, there may be more offensive opportunity for someone like Dylan Larkin to bounce back despite a horrible season thus far. Shrug.
In the same vein, with Shattenkirk in Washington, the Blues have to give time to someone else back there, and you’d hope Colton Parayko gets more offensive opportunity or Alex Pietrangelo scores more. The rest of the Blues defense looks offensively useless.
Anyway, hope y’all can find something out there to help you with the trade deadline, as pretty much no NHL team besides Washington did. Yay!