Capped: Defensemen to Buy At Your Trade Deadline

Alexander MacLean


This week's Capped discusses the forward trade targets for your upcoming trade deadlines.


Just over a week to go until the deadline, and we still haven’t seen a large-scale deal. Hopefully you fantasy GMs aren’t waiting until the last minute to get things done. On the defensive side of things, if you have waited, then here are a few options to look into at a bargain price.



Jaccob Slavin (D)  –  Carolina Hurricanes

Contract  – $925,000

Carolina is one of those teams that may only have a few fantasy relevant skaters, and it is even more limited on defence. Past Justin Faulk, Carolina is young and thin on the blue line. Slavin is stepping up into a nice offensive role, and is actually leading their defence corps in assists. With a year and a half left on his rookie deal, Slavin still has lots of time to be a bargain for a fantasy squad.


The most impressive stat of Slavin’s is not his points though, but the fact he is a plus player on a poor Carolina team (he and Brett Pesce are the only two to be able to lay claim to that). Also, with over 110 blocks already on the season, Slavin is one of the best bargains for that category. Put the points, the plus-minus, the peripherals and the salary together, and there is a definite bargain to be found here. In addition, Carolina plays 16 games over the last four weeks of the season (H2H playoffs).




Jake Dotchin (D)  –  Tampa Bay Lightning

Contract  – $616,667

With the recent trade of Nikita Nesterov, there are a few more bottom pairing minutes to go around on the Lightning. Dotchin has gotten called up recently and based on early results, he could be a multi-category beast in the making. High numbers in all of penalty minutes, hits and blocks, what you’re getting is possible a Radko Gudas lite. Another beneficiary of a strong schedule to end the season, Dotchin could be a great addition for those looking at their depth players to help out in the secondary categories.


Dotchin is currently in the last year of his rookie contract. With how little experience he has, it will be at least a few years before we see him get a big bump in his pay rate. As such, he should be a great investment for the next few seasons. It is possible that Tampa Bay makes a move for a defenceman at the deadline to shore themselves up, however based on their position in the standings and the expansion draft coming up, a move for a long-term piece seems unlikely. Therefore, Dotchin’s ice time seems relatively safe for the time being.


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