Now that the dust from the UFA season has pretty much settled, many of the rosters around the league are beginning to take form. There is still one big fish left in the open market (Mats Sundin), but who knows when he will decide whether he wants to eat poutine or sushi next season. There are numerous players whose fantasy values have risen and fallen based on what has happened since July 1st. Here are a few of the players who will benefit from new situations or teammates.
First off, the news of Alex Radulov departing back to Russia was extremely shocking. This was not the player you would expect to go back. Radulov came over to North America to play his junior hockey and by all accounts was very open and engaging with the Canadian culture in Quebec. His decision to bolt from Nashville opens up a huge hole on their right side, and negatively affects every player on their team – save two. Martin Erat can play both wings (although he is more effective on the left side), and will now get a long look at the top line spot with JP Dumont and Jason Arnott. He is very skilled, but lacks the consistency to get to the next level. He could surprise with 75 points if everything works out for him. Another potential candidate for that line is unheralded Swedish scorer Patric Hornqvist. Hornqvist has looked great at all international competitions recently, and he can score goals in bunches. He is a natural right wing and by far the best in the Predators prospect pool. He is a big time sleeper with 45-50 point upside next season.
Miroslav Satan hopes to corral his one-year deal with the Penguins into a big payday. If he earns the spot on Crosby’s right wing, he can expect to see some serious coin next summer. Satan is no Hossa, but he has top end skill and a deadly wrister. He is prone to lackadaisical stretches, but a one-year deal and Pittsburgh’s talented pivots may provide enough motivation for him to rekindle some old magic. Satan could sniff 65-70 points if he sees enough offensive minutes.
Steve Bernier has found himself the perfect situation in Vancouver. He is big, skille