Fantasy Analysis: The Los Angeles Kings have traded Teddy Purcell and a third-round pick to Tampa Bay for Jeff Halpern.
The Kings get: a hustling third liner who can sub in on the second line in a pinch if needed.
The Lightning get: a third round pick is decent return. A player with Purcell’s upside is a great return. Soft or not, he has toughened up over the last two years, though he still has a way to go. He is a potential top six forward who needed to go to a team with room. This fits him like a glove.
Fantasy Players Impacted: Purcell went from waiver fodder in roto leagues and a dropsy in keeper leagues to worth a pick up in both leagues. While I wouldn’t expect more than eight or nine points for the rest of this year, he makes a nice dark horse for next campaign. A huge dark horse if he can slip in with one of their big guns.
Players this deal helps, in order:
1. Teddy Purcell
2. Big Gap
103. Vincent Lecavalier (another player to try on his line – may work, may not)
104. Oscar Moller (and other youngsters in the Kings organization)
Players this deal hurts, in order: