James Neal traded to Nashville

Dobber

2014-06-28

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Fantasy Impact: James Neal has been traded to Nashville for Patrice Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.

 

 

The Penguins get: The next James Neal? Hornqvist is a 30-goal, 55-point guy but on Evgeni Malkin’s line he’s 40-plus and 70-plus. His fantasy value is through the roof. Spaling is a versatile third-liner who can play any forward position and post 40 points in the right circumstances.

 

 

The Predators get: A big-name scorer who plays physical and could be a big enough name to lure a free agent (Paul Stastny) or a player via trade (Jason Spezza).

 

 

Fantasy Players Impacted: Neal’s owners are cringing, as they should. But it won’t be as bad as you think. Peter Laviollette is the coach now, and I suspect that the team will land a top center. Still – he won’t be Malkin, so you can top Neal out at 70 points now.

 

Hornqvist jumps in value more than any player I remember jumping in value because of a trade. Maybe since Neal was traded to Pittsburgh?

 

If the Preds don’t land a center, which they will, but if they don’t – then Mike Fisher’s value moves upward. Other scoring forwards such as Craig Smith, this deal will help.

 

 

Fantasy Players this helps, in order:

1. Hornqvist

big gap

still some gap

giant gap

2. Fisher

3. Smith/Colin Wilson

4. Filip Forsberg

 

Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:

1. Neal

 

 

James Neal:

 

 

 

 

 Patric Hornqvist:

 

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HOT PLAYERS

  Players Team GP G A P
EVGENI MALKIN PIT 5 4 7 11
ADAM FOX NYR 4 1 6 7
JAKUB VORACEK PHI 6 0 10 10
NATHAN MACKINNON COL 5 2 6 8
MIKA ZIBANEJAD NYR 29 25 19 44
NIKITA KUCHEROV T.B 24 16 20 36
KEVIN FIALA MIN 11 9 7 16
EVANDER KANE S.J 7 5 5 10
KYLE CONNOR WPG 7 8 2 10
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS EDM 17 8 16 24

LINE COMBOS

  Frequency MTL Players
20.8% MAX DOMI BRENDAN GALLAGHER CHARLES HUDON
20.8% ARTTURI LEHKONEN NICK SUZUKI JORDAN WEAL
19.5% JOEL ARMIA PAUL BYRON PHILLIP DANAULT

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