Ramblings: Eichel Gets Paid, Pouliot Gets Traded (Oct 4)

Ian Gooding

2017-10-03

Eichel gets paid, Pouliot gets traded, plus more…

Let’s start with the major news of the day, shall we? Then we’ll focus on what you’re about to encounter.

Jack Eichel has agreed to an eight-year contract worth $80 million dollars. Yes, that’s $10 million per season, which puts Eichel among the top 10 in salary in the league. Fortunately, salary cap leaguers will have the opportunity to plan ahead for the massive cap hit, as Eichel still stands to earn $925,000 on his entry-level deal for one more year before the $10 million kicks in.

And yes, absolutely, keep Eichel after this season in salary cap leagues (and it goes without saying in all other leagues). If you want to win, you pay your studs, and Eichel is a stud. Some fantasy leaguers though Eichel’s ADP of 13.3 was too high, but he was on a near point-per-game pace (57 points in 61 games), and he’s only going to get better. Among players that played at least 40 games last season, Eichel’s 0.93 points/game was 11th in the NHL. That was a number better than Jamie Benn, Vladimir Tarasenko, Tyler Seguin, John Tavares, and Alex Ovechkin, among others.

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If Derrick Pouliot had been traded a season or two ago, he may have received his own Fantasy Take column. As it stands now, though, his trade to the Canucks for Andrey Pedan and a fourth-round pick will only receive mention within the Ramblings. This is an easy one for me, though, since the Canucks are my team and I’ve owned Pouliot on my keeper team since his draft year.

Pouliot needed a new home. The Canucks needed a defenseman for the power play. So this trade makes perfect sense, although I had no idea that the Canucks had interest in Pouliot. As a Pouliot owner I’m thrilled that he finds a new home… anywhere. And as a Canucks’ fan I’m thrilled that they have another potential power-play option, even though his defensive miscues might result in frequent healthy scratches. But it is worth mentioning that Travis Green coached Pouliot in Portland (WHL), so there already is familiarity.

If you’re wondering why in the world the Canucks would trade the physical Pedan and a fourth-round pick for a defenseman that was passed over time and time again on a broken-down Penguins’ blueline, consider the Canucks’ power-play blueline options. Alexander Edler? Been there, done that. Troy Stecher? He was a pleasant surprise for the Canucks last season, but expectations shouldn’t be sky-high. Michael Del Zotto? We’ll have to wait and see what he looks like. But his fantasy value gets a huge boost with this move, since he won’t need to unearth someone like