Edmonton Oilers Sign Milan Lucic
Fantasy Impact: The Edmonton Oilers have signed big winger Milan Lucic to a seven-year deal worth $42 million.
The Oilers get: one of the best big wingers with skill in the entire league. Edmonton has been criticized for being too heavy with skilled, 'nice' forwards. They fixed that in a big way.
7 years 42m. Lucic to @EdmontonOilers
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) July 1, 2016
Fantasy Players Impacted: Rather than go on at length about how this helps Lucic, I will point you again to this morning’s Ramblings, and how playing with Connor McDavid might end up with a career year for Lucic.
Who does this affect negatively: Patrick Maroon, Benoit Pouliot, Zack Kassian. I will wait until we see what the lines are, but assuming Maroon lines up as a left winger next year, it appears he will do so behind Milan Lucic and Benoit Pouliot. That will cut into his ice time significantly, and not playing with McDavid will obviously lead to a decline in the rate of points he scored when he was traded to the Oilers last year.
Benoit Pouliot did very well playing alongside McDavid last year, which is kind of to be expected. If Lucic does end up slotting alongside McDavid, it seems Pouliot will be pushed to the second line, be it with Leon Draisaitl or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Now, in most cases, that wouldn’t be a death-knell fantasy-wise, but going from McDavid to almost any other centre in the NHL is a big downgrade. Remember: even playing significant minutes alongside McDavid last year only got Pouliot to 36 points, and he doesn’t stuff other roto categories. His fantasy relevance take a hit.
Let's take a stab at the line combos:
Lucic – McDavid – Puljujarvi
Fantasy Players this helps, in order:
1. Lucic (last year's stats and game logs here)
– big gap –
2. McDavid (last year's stats and game logs here)
3. Nugent-Hopkins (last year's stats and game logs here)
Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:
1. Pouliot (last year's stats and game logs here)
2. Maroon (last year's stats and game logs here)
3. Kassian (last year's stats and game logs here)
With further notes from Dobber
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