Fantasy Trade Fallout

Ryan Ma

2011-02-22

Frolik

 

Following the crazy trade frenzy of the last couple of days, I'll go through the Western Conference teams and analyse some of the fallout that has occurred because of the trades. Obviously, some of the opinions are going to differ from Angus' or Dobber's, but that's the reason why you come visit this site in the first place isn't it?

 

Anaheim

 

Adds: Jarkko Ruutu, Francois Beauchemin, and Maxim Lapierre

 

Losses: Paul Mara, Aaron Voros, Joffrey Lupul, Brett Festerling and Jake Gardiner

 

Fantasy Outcome: The biggest impact for the Ducks is probably the addition of Beauchemin. He's spent most of his time during the last five contests mentoring youngster Cam Fowler (53.1). Too bad Fowler's plus/minus is still pretty brutal (minus seven during that span), but it should get better having a veteran defensive presence to cover for some of his rookie mistakes, so look for a small improvement during the final stretch of the season. Ruutu was pretty much inserted into a third-line agititating/checking role alongside Todd Marchant and Brandon McMillian, so there isn't a lot of fantasy impact there unless you are after HITs. Lapiere went from averaging 11:48 in Montreal to 11:02 in Anaheim, so not much fantasy value there.

 

Calgary

 

Adds: Tom Kostopoulous and Anton Babchuk

 

Losses: Ian White and Brett Sutter

 

Fantasy Outcome: The Flames have been relatively quiet so far, as there's nothing much that they need to change at least for the short term. They're 13-2-3 in their last 18 contests, and have really have quietened any of the "rebuilding" talk that was rampant earlier this campaign. Babchuk is still getting "second unit" PP ice-time, but if he can somehow manage to unseat Jay Bouwmeester from the top unit, his fantasy value could skyrocket. Kostopoulous has pretty much been relegated to fourth line duties alongside Mikael Backlund and Niklas Hagman, so not much fantasy impact there.

 

Chicago

 

Adds: Michael Frolik and Alexander Salak

 

Losses: Jack Skille, Hugh Jessiman, and David Pacan

 

Fantasy Outcome: The Hawks have also been relatively quiet during the entire trade buzz that has happened during the last couple of days. Frolik has higher offensive upside than Skille, but so far, he's had the reigns clamped on him since the acquisition. He's currently toiling on the third line alongside Jake Dowell and Troy Brouwer, while averaging just 13:21 per contest and most importantly essentially zero PP ice-time. Definitely not the big impact trade that everyone was buzzing about a couple of weeks ago