Top 10 NHL Trade Candidates (2016)

Tom Collins

2016-02-22

As we near the NHL Trade Deadline – Top 10 trade candidates that would impact your fantasy hockey team

 

We are just seven days from the NHL Trade Deadline. This is when things get serious in a lot of hockey pools with many hockey pool trade deadlines around the same time and the playoffs soon to begin.

The fantasy value spikes whenever a player is traded. Everyone expects a struggling player to all of a sudden excel in a new city and for good players to become great with a change of address. That's not always the case, so you need to be careful not to overvalue players once they're dealt. Below you'll find 10 of the most intriguing players rumoured to be traded within the next seven days. We're excluding guys who are playing well on playoff teams such as Kyle Okposo and Loui Eriksson as they will probably be kept for the postseason.

Note that it's too difficult to determine the impact of these guys on potential new teams because it's tough to know where they are going. A player traded to Pittsburgh would have a different fantasy outcome than being dealt to Detroit.

On to the list.

 

10. Justin Schultz

Any type of trade would be an automatic improvement for Schultz's fantasy value because he has zero right now. Maybe he just needs the right situation where the right teammates can protect him and cover for his glaring defensive deficiencies. Maybe he needs to go somewhere where all he is counted on is to man the power play. Maybe he needs to go somewhere where no one has seen him play for the past four years. Regardless he just needs to go somewhere other than Edmonton.

 

9. Jiri Hudler

The Flames are way out of the playoffs, Hudler is a free agent and is also underperforming. So that makes him a great candidate to be traded but a horrible candidate for fantasy purposes. Unless he gets traded to a team when he can play with an elite forward, he won't improve that much over his 0.64 points-per-game.

 

8. Travis Hamonic

It's interesting how some trade demands work in the NHL. Some guys refuse to play with the squad any more. Others create a toxic atmosphere. And then there's guys like Hamonic. He asks for a trade to be closer to family for personal reasons. But continues to play while patiently waiting. Meanwhile, Hamonic is having a good, not great, season and that would probably continue where ever he is traded to.

 

7. Mikkel Boedker

Boedker is on pace for 53 points. If he gets there, that would be the second time in the last three years he hit that mark. He does have some sneaky good value for fantasy leagues. He's a great addition for power play points as his 15 power play assists is tied for 10th in the league. And he takes about 2.2 shots a game. His biggest downside is his horrendous minus-27.

 

6. Radim Vrbata