The Top 10 players affected by offseason moves
There's always a lot of hype around NHL free agent signings and off-season trades. But this season took the cake as one of the craziest yet.
But not all these signings and trades will have a positive impact on the players' fantasy value. For example, Loui Eriksson would have gotten around the same amount of points whether he signed in Vancouver or stayed in Boston: Around 50 points. So his fantasy value didn't change.
But for some guys it changed dramatically. Here are the top 10 players whose fantasy value changed thanks to offseason moves.
10. Kerby Rychel
Rychel for whatever reason seemed to have fallen out of favour in Columbus. Why else trade him to Toronto for pretty much nothing? Rychel played just 32 games last year and averaged 9:31 ice time per game. Going to Toronto is great for Rychel. Instead of trying to beat out veterans who are making boatloads of money, he has to compete against young players who haven't proven anything and can be easily sent down to the minors. Rychel could be a solid multi-cat contributor as he likes to hit, shoot and will pick up PIM as well. He still needs to make the squad but if so, he's a sneaky sleeper pick.
9. Mika Zibanejad
I really like Zibanejad in New York and think he's ready to have a breakthrough year. He's had flashes in the past (including 16 points in his last 22 games last year) and has shown improvement every season so far. The trade could also make him more determined to prove his doubters wrong. I think he'll become a surprise faceoff star this year as well.
8. Teuvo Teravainen
Going from Chicago to Carolina is the best thing for Teravainen's NHL and fantasy career. He was never a consistent top-six player in Chicago, although he had looks with both Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. But his most frequent line combination had him playing with Phillip Danault and Andrew Desjardins. But now he's expected to be on the top line in Carolina and will get an opportunity to see lots of power play time to boot. So he now finds himself in a great opportunity.
7. Frederik Andersen
Andersen's fantasy value took a nose dive with his trade to Toronto this summer. He's gone from one of the best teams in the league that is strong defensively to one of the youngest teams in the league that is going to have a steep learning curve. Anderson's numbers are going to take a hit in pretty much every fantasy-relevant category.
6. Jiri Hudler
I've mentioned this before, but Hudler's 70-point season came one year too early. Instead of being rewarded with a handsome payday, Hudler signed just a one-year deal with Dallas worth $2 million. But Dallas was one of the best landing spots for him. He gets an opportunity to play on the top line and could be on the number one power play unit for the highest scoring offense in the leag