Fantasy Impact: A big time trade – Anaheim (finally) trades Bobby Ryan. Ottawa gives up Jakub Silfverberg, prospect Stefan Noesen, and a 1st round pick in return.
The Senators Get:
A proven top line winger signed to a very reasonable contract ($5.1 million per). This makes up for losing Alfredsson earlier in the day (on ice at least, Alfy will be impossible to replace in the Ottawa community). Ryan is elite – he and Spezza are going to be great together. 50 goal great? I’m not sure. We tend to overrate potentially dominant duos – Thornton/Heatley, Richards/Gaborik, and so on. However, there is a lot of potential for success here.
The Ducks Get:
A very good young winger in Jakub Silfverberg. He has top line upside, and is already a responsible two-way forward. You have to give to get, though. Ottawa also moved out Stefan Noesen – the 21st overall pick from back in 2011. Noesen has considerable upside himself, but Ottawa was making this move from a position of strength.
Noesen had 25 goals and 53 points for Plymouth this past season. He’s at least a few years away from making any sort of NHL impact. He plays with a bit of an edge, too.
Fantasy Players Impacted:
Obviously there are significant fantasy ramifications to this deal. Ryan is a huge winner – he goes from third fiddle in Anaheim to the go-to scorer in Ottawa. He can play on either wing but prefers the left (his off wing). Milan Michalek also plays the left wing, but one of them may move over to complete the top line in Ottawa.
MT @ian_mendes Since 08, Ryan has scored more goals than Crosby, Heatley, Malkin, Hossa, Kane, Eriksson
Silfverberg joins a very good – but very crowded – collection of young forwards in Anaheim. Smith-Pelly, Etem, Palmieri, Holland, Maroon, and so on. Lots of talent, but they will all compete with each other for ice time.
Noesen will head to the AHL for at least a year, and probably two. Here is his DobberProspects report. He was a junior teammate of Duck prospect Rickard Rakell.
According to multiple reports, the Ducks are also heavily interested in Derek Roy (likely to center line two).
Potential Ottawa lines:
Potential Anaheim lines: